What is the Secret of a High Concept Screenplay?

What they mean, is that in this case, when we look for originality, we are not necessarily talking about reinventing the wheel. Often by changing only a few specific details, we can take a successful well-worn concept that’s been done before, and simply by giving it a new and unexpected twist; we can make the material seem original … and the audience will love it all over again.

Straight Outta Evaton!

Five days of screenwriting classes for the Writers Guild of South Africa earlier this month in Evaton, south of Johannesburg. The days were long and tough, with less than 40 hours to run through the essentials of Intellectual Property, Formatting, Story, Genre, Structure, Characters, the Story World, Action and Dialogue. In addition some time was allocated to Loglines and the Premise.