So after a fun family-filled holiday weekend, I am always raring to get back to work and get pages out. Of course, there are lots of steps that need to happen before I get pages out – brainstorming, character development, treatments… I thought I would share one of my favorite writing exercises with you all.
Basically, I write the trailer for the movie I haven’t yet completed the script for. For me, as a director/writer - I dream visually, so it helps to do this before I’ve finished all my scene breakdowns and character development. If I can create poignant glimpses into the story for a two minute teaser, it helps me stay on point through the rest of the work. It helps me visualize what Act Two is all about. It’s also a great reminder that (duh) the film has to be compelling: dynamic in the individual moments as well as in the big picture.
I actually pulled out the trailer script to THE LAKE EFFECT when we were cutting the trailer after the movie was finished to remind myself what I originally felt were the trailer-worthy moments in the film – what would bring people into a theatre?
Anyway, here’s a rough trailer script for the CYNICS. Hope you enjoy it!