So you want to be a writer Kid? #2.01 Start Small

If you are not a veteran at writing movies it can be a massive mountain to your pushbike, but that’s okay. When you write a movie every scene is important, and if you are not use to that level of detail it is easy to turn your brilliant (and your ideas are good) into a mundane story. There are a lot of movies that are made and do not capitalize on the details. Details take your movie to another level. So how do we start?

 

Read. A lot. And watch a diverse range of movies and TV shows. The more diverse your taste the greater influences you have on your work. Combining different genres and style can give your story a new take. Think of your favourite movies, I can guarantee all of them have incorporated references to other content. It’s something small but it increases the quality of your work.

 

Start by reading short stories and practicing adapting them into a short film. Why? It is easy to loose focus or miss moments that could have been stronger when you are working on a 100-page script. Short films are restrictive in that you only have so much time to tell your story. Writing the short films gives you practice at paying attention to the small details and it will help you to make every word and every location count. Why have a scene in a coffee shop when there are millions of unique and different locations you could have the scene that can add greater depth to your work.

 

And I’m not saying forget about your movie ideas. If you have ideas about a movie, great! Write them down and give them time to develop. I cannot stress how important it is that you actually WRITE DOWN YOUR IDEAS. Because I can guarantee you will forget half of these amazing moments and parts of your movie if you are only remembering them. WRITE THEM DOWN!

BAM! said the lady, another best seller for me

For a market that is constantly losing its viewing to the internet, there is an popular trend of enhancing your content by creating it in several different mediums and in doing so, giving something to your already dedicated audience as well as possibly attracting a new audience. The television show ‘Castle’ has done an incredible job of transforming itself from a single story into transmedia storytelling, meaning that instead of focusing on one platform fans of  castle now have a universe to explore.

Promo - Season 5

For those who aren’t familiar with ‘Castle’ let me give you the run down. Richard castle is a famous murder mystery novelist who has just killed off his character ‘Derrick Storm’ and is searching for a new character to base his next set of books on. Detective Kate Beckett is investigating a string of murders that greatly resemble the way Castle killed some of his characters in his book. Long story short, Castle ends up basing his next character on Detective Beckett and shadows her cases…Ta Da we have a cop show.

But what is so special about this show? Andrew Marlowe has created a show that is not restricted within the television format. ABC has actually created the novels Castle writes in the show. ‘Heat Wave‘, ‘Naked Heat‘, ‘Heat Rises‘, ‘Frozen Heat‘ and the newest novel to come out later this year ‘Deadly heat‘ are all novels about Beckett’s persona ‘Detective Nikki Heat’ which the audience can actually buy and read. The brilliance of this is that in the books Castle and Beckett’s personas are together (Jameson Rook and Nikki Heat) while on the show they were still doing the romantic dance all shows do with their leads. This meant the fans were getting the best of both worlds which has only increased its popularity and dedicated fan base.  Not only have ABC created the Nikki heat novels, but they have also fleshed out Castle’s previous novels about Derrick Storm and turned them into graphic novels: ‘Deadly storm‘, ‘Storm season‘ and ‘A calm before the storm‘; as well as creating ‘Storm Front’ into a novel. Surprisingly the books are having phenomenal real world success:

The Nikki Heat series is no stranger to the New York Times Best Seller list; the first novel, Heat Wave, debuted at #26, while the second, Naked Heat, debuted at #7. With Heat Rises debuting at #1, it only solidifies proof of Castle’s success in both television and fiction. – The Examiner

This year ABC took it one step further by creating a board game and trading cards. They have even created castles own brand of coffee (for the fans of the show, that is possibly one of the most exciting creations for the castle universe) with flavours like ‘Brewing storm’ and ‘writer’s roast’.

What was once just a television show is now several series of novels and graphic novels, board games, playing cards, calendars, coffee and an increasing amount of merchandise. With multiple fan made merchandise and websites like castletv.net and castle-fans.org (which are run by fans of the show) as well as a growing library of fan written castle fan fictions. The fans have been given a world to explore and a story that is not limited to one platform.