How Does Someone Know Their Movie Idea Sucks? by Erik Bork

Film Courage: What makes a great story?

Erik Bork, Screenwriter/Author: Wow, that’s a great question. A very big broad question. What makes a great story to me where it starts is a really compelling problem that is going to take the whole story to be solved. That millions of strangers consuming that story would be able to identify with this problem and care that it gets solved and be really entertained by the process of watching people trying to solve it.

So that’s kind of a lot of things in one but to me that’s kind of where it all starts with.

There is something that someone is going through in life that really matters to them and hopefully to us as the audience. It’s really important, it’s really difficult. It’s going to take a lot of effort and active action toward trying to solve it which isn’t going to work. So it’s difficult, it’s complicated, trying to solve it usually leads to pushback and complications and things that don’t go as planned and so that tends to build that sense of problematic situations so it’s growing and escalating, building over the course of the story and then in the end there is some kind of resolution that has taken the audience on a journey and usually taken certain characters on a journey where they’re not the same as what they were and therefore it was meaningful and important in some way that they went through that.

Film Courage: How does someone know their movie idea sucks?

Erik: Well, most of us don’t know…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


About : Erik Bork is a screenwriter best known for his work on the HBO miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, for which he wrote multiple episodes, and won two Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards as part of the producing team. Erik has also sold series pitches (and written pilots) at NBC and FOX, worked on the writing staff for two primetime dramas, and written feature screenplays on assignment for companies like Universal, HBO, TNT, and Playtone. He teaches screenwriting for UCLA Extension, National University and The Writers Store, and offers one-on-one consulting to writers.


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