How Does A Screenwriter Build Story World? by Adam Davis

Film Courage: You mentioned something earlier about creating story worlds? Where did this come from? Where did that occur to you? Most people don’t think in those terms [for writing]? Where is this story world idea coming from?

Adam Davis, Writer/Director: Will [Adam’s collaborator Will Corona Pilgrim] and I had this idea for a sci-fi series. We were interested in how do we make a sci-fi world that doesn’t exist yet because there have been great iconic sci-fi worlds created and we wanted to do something on that level. But we had to figure out how to build a world which is a super hard and fascinating thing to do. So if there is this technology we create, how does this affect that world? Let’s try and build that up. We thought about the macro stuff like how does politics work? How does religion work? How are people? How does this technology affect them? And you go out on these branches and try to nail down this world because you have to…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Writer/Director Adam Davis has created numerous short films and has half a decade of professional on-set experience. The short films that he’s written, directed, produced and edited have garnered first place wins in various film festivals around the country since 2002. In total, his short films have won 13 top awards.

In 2016, Adam self-financed his debut feature film that he shot in just 4 days. BROKEN CEILING found distribution in 2018 and opened to stellar reviews from The Los Angeles Times. The film is now available on iTunes, Amazon, TubiTV and many other VOD services where it’s receiving rave reviews from the public. 

Adam and his writing partner, Will Corona Pilgrim, successfully Kickstarted a horror/action short film titled NO TOUCHING, which stars Zoë Bell, Heidi Moneymaker, Jake Busey, Tracie Thoms, Kevin Daniels and Doug Jones. It has amassed over 1 million views on YouTube and Facebook. 

Adam’s most recent project is a short film called LOSING SIGHT, about a man struggling with the new life he’s forced to live as a blind man.





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