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THE RECIPE FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCREENPLAY

You don't have to be Martha Stewart to bake a great pie and you don't have to be Robert Towne to bake a great screenplay. 

THE RECIPE FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCREENPLAY

Cooking time: 6-12 months
Serves: up to 100,000,000

Ingredients:

1 good idea of interest to a large audience

1 interesting main character with a personal goal and a flaw that prevents him from reaching it while eliciting our sympathy

1 adversarial character who establishes a challenge for the main character that requires him to overcome his flaw in order to resolve the challenge and attain his goal

1 inciting incident that unexpectedly and ironically propels our main character into conflict while highlighting his flaw

1 meaningful theme that links the main character's flaw and the adversary's challenge through which the main character can struggle from one thematic pole to the other

1 crisis that forces the main character to finally and fully confront and overcome his flaw in order to resolve the conflict and ultimately attain his personal goal

1 pound of creativity

1 teaspoon of aesthetics

1 gallon of sweat

Directions:

Blend ingredients into a well developed plot which follows the accepted norms of screenplay structure. Bake in mental-wave oven at 98.6 degrees until the plot rises to a satisfying resolution. Allow to cool for a few years then serve with popcorn and a Coke.

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