I’m proud to present the first three pages of The Flu, a feature script I wrote with my friend Cole Stryker. It’s a post-apocalyptic teen revenge tale about original sin and the fear of adulthood. Lord of the Flies meets The Road.

We’re showing it around and submitting it to screenplay competitions and fellowships.

If you’re interested in reading more, let me know.

Character Development - The Script Lab
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By Michael Schilf


Objective: Dig deep with a character, discovering background history, personality, psychology, and current goals.

Exercise: Write a detailed description of your main character (1 page only).

Remember: You are describing a dramatic character, so present him/her to us in a way that is cinematically useful.

Hints: We need to understand their drives, fears, goals, and we’ll have to be able to picture them and hear them.

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How to Write a Script Outline | The 8 Essential Plot Points

Plot is THE driving force of your screenplay, so it’s essential that you spend time on your plotting skills when you’re writing a script outline.

You can create the most interesting character in the world, but without an equally interesting plot, the audience will not want to spend 90-120 minutes with that person.

For example, many people find Charlie Sheen’s current 2011 self-destructive spiral interesting to read and gossip about. But would they want to spend an hour and a half of their lives watching him swill alcohol, do drugs, and oogle women?

I think not.

But give Charlie boy a goal–perhaps to rejoin Two & a Half Men, the successful sitcom he was kicked off of–while he overcomes his addiction to alcohol, drugs, & women…

…and that, people might watch because they’ll want to know if he can pull it off. Maybe not something they’ll pay $10 to see, but as a movie-of-the-week on TV…why not? (Although I suspect there are some film executives who think Charlie: 3D would be quite the blockbuster…)

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