11 Minute Rule Screenwriters And Filmmakers Should Know – Shane Stanley

Film Courage: When do you start thinking about the structure of the story, key beats, turning points?

Shane Stanley, Filmmaker/Author/Instructor: I think you need to keep a reader engaged. I don’t think there is a set time but if you are 15, 18, 20, 25, 30 pages in and we still have no idea what is going on or there hasn’t been that moment, I kind of think you need to rethink some things.

“Audiences when they see your film, unless they are at a movie theater and truly turn their phones off, are never really 100% immersed in your story, there is always something.

There is the old saying that when you watch a movie it’s that 42-to-46 minute point that usually becomes a slow burn no matter what the movie is. I know a lot of writers and filmmakers try to make sure that point of the film doesn’t lack spark or an interest because that’s a lot of times where people…they are not going to give up on the film but they tend to get a little restless. It seems a lot of people take a really long time to get to the point and I’ve learned that as an independent filmmaker when you sell your material it’s more about we have to remember this is a business and now in days with phones and tablets and distractions and pets and kids and everything else under the sun going on we are constantly interrupted.

Audiences when they see your film unless they are really at a movie theater and truly turn their phones off are never really 100% immersed in your story, there is always something, there is a noise outside, there is a cat knocking over a vase, it’s a…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 
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