A quick tip for outlining faster is obligatory scenes!
Okay, maybe you haven’t thought this through so you’ll have to trust me on this one. All movies have scenes that the audience expects to see. If you take that one step farther, every genre movie has scenes the audience expects to see. If you start brainstorming your plot by just listing those scenes, your outline will quickly take shape.
How do you find the obligatory scenes for your movie genre???
Watch current hit movies in your genre and take note of the types of scenes they have in common. And I do mean, CURRENT movies. While some obligatory scenes never change, others evolve over time. And some get worn down and need a fresh twist, so always use obligatory scenes as a starting point. You’ll want to add that special twist that makes your writing unique.
A Few Genre Examples:
- Romantic Comedies need that kiss between the main characters.
- Action films need a chase scene.
- Horror movies need a monster — human or otherwise — stalking a victim.
And all films need a moment when the main character(s) are completely lost and ready to give up.
When you learn all the obligatory scenes that need to be in your script, it frees you up to create unique parts in-between the expected parts. And that, my friend, is how you outline faster.