Contributed By Glen Berry
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Structure Clarifies the Concept
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The concept of your screenplay should be reducible to a few sentences. Without this clarity, you cannot build a story.
Invest time in determining how your concept is different from others and how it might be the same. This will save you from unwittingly remaking another film.
Many independent films suffer from a lack of clarity, which can almost always be traced to poor structure. Breaking from convention is encouraged but if the result is confusion, look at your story structure.