Screenwriting : Craft question by Steven M. Cross

Steven M. Cross

Craft question

I have a craft question. I have run into an issue with my WIP and I'm looking for some help. I've written about 2/3 of a family script, and I've tried to make it fairly low budget. It occurred to me today that I need to write a scene with a dance attended by 13-year-olds which suddenly derails my low-budget goals. So my question is, do you think I should keep it or try to do something else? The scene is important for my storyline, and it would require extensive rewriting if I changed it. Do you think a scene like this could keep someone from optioning my script?

CJ Walley

Generally, in a situation like this, change it if there's an easy alternative that delivers the same or close the same production value and story dynamic. If it's fundamental then don't butcher your baby.

There's a million and one little issues that can put a director off because they've had problems in the past and they're almost impossible to catch without direct experience.

Just be flexible and try not to gasp too loudly when someone suggests turning your big beautiful dance scene into a five person pyjama party.

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