How can I write a script so that it's cheap to make?
January 28, 2014 10:24 AM Subscribe
For those who have made movies, I have heard that the cheaper you can write a movie (This is of course presuming your script is already awesome!) the greater your chances are of having it bought. I am more than happy to work creatively within such constraints, but I was wondering if there were scenes that counterintuitively cost a lot that a first-time writer wouldn't know about, and vice versa.
posted by Sully to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I once had five minutes to talk to a producer of movies and he told me that two people talking in a room was the cheapest movie you could make, but a scene like two people talking while driving in a car was actually crazy expensive (which was surprising to me), and he told me that sure, when you're writing a script, you should let your imagination run wild, but that when he looks at a script, he is pricing it out, and that the reality is that the cheaper your movie is to make, the greater the chance that it will be bought and actually produced. So I am just wondering if there is a list or something out there that can serve as a guideline to a nascent writer like myself. Maybe a list of like, 10 common scenes where #1 is the cheapest to make and #10 the most expensive scene, so that as a writer, I can minimize including any scenes numbered 5 to 10 unless they are absolutely necessary.