How to write a 'single location' screenplay - Locke (2013)

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53m · April 19, 2021

How to write a 'single location' screenplay - Locke (2013)

Why is writing a single location screenplay a good idea for new writers? How does 'Locke' illustrate how this can be done? This is another solo writing analysis and writing workshop. The intro includes tips on how to beat writer's block! Today's main topic is a screenplay breakdown of Steven Knight's 'Locke', exploring its themes, its structure and is concluded with William's theory on single location screenplays - they need to be four dimensional. Follow up and 'What to do next' assignment. Bonus: Hear the inspiration for Tom Hardy's accent in the film! *** Want to comment, get news and join episode discussions? Join the community on Syncify: https://syncify.fm/podcast/the-21st-rewrite. Instagram: @21st_rewrite. Website contact page: https://www.the21strewrite.com/contact

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  • 9 days ago·
  • 48:35 appreciate the observation that constraining one dimension (place) in a story allows other elements to assume greater significance, such as time.

    9 days ago·
  • 19:45 great insight: your character and their role changes depending on who they are talking to. Love that idea.

    9 days ago·
  • I can highly recommend the scrip introduction to the film at 16:00. Loved the movie but now feel I want to actually read the script

    12 days ago·
  • The tips mentioned here sound like could be applied to many fields 🤔. Adding humor worked very well for Tesla with some features in their cars, but also as a marketing strategy. The routine is an obvious one for many things but not so intuitive for writing, makes sense

    14 days ago·
    21st_Rewrite

    @Mark-Maserati that's a really interesting comparison, and also ties in to the idea I suggested of adding restrictions to create a problem-solving mindset to get around writer's block. In motor racing, for example, the restrictions of something like Le Mans has led to so many innovations that could then also be used in consumer cars: better brakes, engines, aerodynamics and fuel tanks that can perform while being tested to the max for 24 hours straight. Sometimes the most creative solutions were the ones that just broke the spirit of the law but not the letter. There's a reason TV writers can knock out an episode a week, it's the level of restriction, having to work within a certain genre, page-length, using a particular cast of characters over and over again, takes away some of that heavy mental lifting so the writer can just focus on the story arc, dialogue and themes of the particular episode.

    14 days ago·
    21st_Rewrite

    I've heard it be said that some of the best ideas come from talking to people from different specialisations, but I really like the idea of using car design as a metaphor for a screenplay. It can be as pretty as you want it to be, but it also has to be able to go somewhere! 😁

    14 days ago·
    Sam

    @21st_Rewrite I LOVE that analogy ❤️

    12 days ago·
  • @21st_Rewrite (reminder for me)

    14 days ago·
  • Great advice in getting into writing and fun challenges to set yourself in this episode @Jack @Jane @benjaminpfau @David ✍️

    14 days ago·
    Sam

    I think forcing yourself to write for only one location feels like a bit of an aggressive beginner challenge. But I do find limitations help foster creativity and imagination. The focus removes a lot of decisions you don’t need to worry about. I wonder when the first screenplay set in one house over lockdown will appear 🤔

    14 days ago·
    Sam

    Also like the tip to think about the time spent writing rather than just the number of words produced. Sometimes concrete output can be a bad measure and breeds a finite mindset as opposed to infinite. After all the point of writing for me is to keep writing, improving and developing my thoughts, rather than just to complete X 😌

    14 days ago·
    21st_Rewrite

    @Sam yes, the challenge I suggested is to continue a scene for much longer and limit the character to a location to see what happens, rather than the whole story (an entirely single location screenplay needs a lot of planning)! Excited to see if any listeners give it a go. And yes, I think screenwriting competition judges will be wading through a whole bunch of lockdown scripts this year!

    14 days ago·
    benjaminpfau

    @Sam you should check out "host" by rob savage. i havent seen it myself yet, but the whole film is basically one zoom session from what i know. a group of friends want to do a seance over zoom, but everything goes terribly wrong. typical found footage horror in the vain of "blair witch project". genre often responds the fastest to the changes in the world for exactly the reasons you mentioned

    14 days ago·
    Jane

    @Sam Yep - I agree! 👍

    14 days ago·
    David

    Thanks for the recommendation @Sam I enjoyed the discussion on character and story even though I’m not familiar with the film. @21st_Rewrite, I enjoyed this ep. are there others episodes you would recommend? I’m mostly interested in the elements of storytelling.

    9 days ago·
    21st_Rewrite

    @David great question. I've been experimenting with the podcast recently so the episode you heard was just me and is more direct, I'll be doing more of these in the coming months and will try to tackle a variety of story types and break down those elements. My last one on 'A.I.' might be one for later as it's a bit technical covering five act structure and mythology. Previously I published conversations and interviews so I think either the episode with David Rabinowitz about 'Blackkklansman' or John Collee about 'Hotel Mumbai' are great starting points that provide insights into how the writers themselves work and think about storytelling. The guests on 'No Country For Old Men', 'The White Ribbon', 'The Rider' and 'Gladiator' all have really fascinating and different viewpoints on storytelling as well, so maybe start with one of the films that you like the most. Really appreciate the feedback and follow up, thank you!

    9 days ago·
  • Thanks so much for the Syncify shout out at the start @21st_Rewrite Looking forward to more film discussions in the app 🤓

    14 days ago·