Screenwriting : Defining the average screenplay, via data on 12,000+ scripts by Jean-Marie Mazaleyrat

Jean-Marie Mazaleyrat

Defining the average screenplay, via data on 12,000+ scripts

https://stephenfollows.com/what-the-average-screenplay-contains/ Hats off to you Stephen Follows.

Simply amazing!

And of course, some academic myths fall:

- the use of V.O.

- the overall importance of such elements as format, hook, originality, structure, theme, pacing, and even conflict!!!

- etc.

Having a comparison between non-produced and produced scripts would be great too, and I bet it should break even more myths.

Download the full report here: https://2025be3zddzi1rbswe1rwhgo-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uplo...

Defining the average screenplay, via data on 12,000+ scripts
Defining the average screenplay, via data on 12,000+ scripts
Last week, I published my analysis of 12,309 feature film screenplays and the scores they each received from professional script readers. A byproduct of that research was that I had a large number of…
Pamela Bolinder

Hello Jean-Marie! Those charts are interesting. Thank you for posting. Hope all is well with you!

Kerry Patton

I wrote and directed a feature where the script was only 55 pages, 4 characters, and the budget at $10k and the entire crew consisted of a whopping 4 persons. This was done just to see if we could actually do it. The result came with mixed reviews--people either loved it or hated it. So why mention this? I think this industry has trapped itself into conventional thinking per the creative side of things. Stephen Follows demonstrates through his research that we have several norms. That is great. But, what he doesn't show is what happens when those norms are broken. That is the type of research I would really love to see more than anything knowing the industry as a whole is dramatically changing.

For those interested, this is the trailer for the movie I mentioned which I created. Not posting this to help promote sales but rather to show some things can be done these days with high quality yet low tech. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5212542/videoplayer/vi3316693273

Richard "RB" Botto

I've worked with Stephen before and he taught an unbelievable class here on Stage 32 on crowdfunding (it's in our Education library). No one does research like him. He's incredible.

Roman BRuni

love the guy ! inspiring relations to strange elements

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