Identifying Theme, Premise, Plot

Learn how to convey the message of your script by creating a strong screenplay theme to run throughout, including your subplots. A screenplay’s theme focuses on what the story is about, while the plot brings that message into focus with plot points, conflict and character motivation. Most stories highlight a lesson to be learned. Writing screenplays with a strong theme are a way for a screenwriter to explore a human condition, delivering the story’s meaning to an audience.

MEET THE READER: Journey of E.T. – Phoning Home

This month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of one of the all-time great movies: E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, Steven Spielberg’s wonderful cinematic fable about a 10-year-old boy from a broken family who befriends an alien. Step behind the scenes to see how E.T. came to life.