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Page 90 to the End of Your Screenplay XII
By Don Vasicek
December, 2006, 09:00

Don't leave your audience wondering. Everything at this point has to be paid off.
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n this screenplay educational series IN will be covering the following course sections of information graciously provided by Donald L. Vasicek:

  • So, You Have A Movie Idea - I
  • More on Your Movie Idea II
  • Emotion and Your Movie Idea III
  • The Logline IV
  • The First Minute V
  • Write The End To Your Screenplay Foremost VI
  • The First Twelve Pages of Your Screenplay VII
  • Page 12 to Page 30 of Your Screenplay VIII
  • Page 30 to Page 45 of Your Screenplay IX
  • Page 45 to Page 60 of Your Screenplay X
  • Page 60 to Page 75 of Your Screenplay XI
  • Page 90 to the End of Your Screenplay XII

Don't miss out on a single issue of IN and how to get your screenplay from the page to the silver screen.


The final twenty or so pages of your screenplay should resolve everything that you set up during the past ninety pages. Don't leave your audience wondering about what happened to a certain character, or why you had a sign fall off the side of a building in the early part of your screenplay, etc. Everything at this point has to be paid off.

The main focus is to make sure your main character resolves his or her main/outer problem (the goal you have them set out to achieve at about page ten in your screenplay). This should be accomplished by forcing your main character to solve his or her inner problem that you should have also set up around page ten of your screenplay.

The main/outer problem that you established for your main character might circulate around the antagonist. An antagonist represents opposition to your main character and can be a person, persons, an issue, an object, an item, or thing. Or the problem might circulate around the villain. A villain represents evil plus opposition to your main character. Whatever you have set up for your antagonist or villain to accomplish in your screenplay (their goal), then it should be the same as what you have set up for your main character to accomplish as a goal.

You should show the difference by the individual ways your main character and antogonist or villain try to accomplish the goal and why they have the goal they have. The antagonist will throw up obstacles to prevent your main character from succeeding so that he/she can succeed. Your villain should utilize evil means to prevent your main character from succeeding so that he/she can succeed.

In the end, have your main character confront his/her antagonist or villain in a final matchup to see who will win. The only way your main character can win is to confront him/her with their inner problem. In my screenplay, "The Caller", my main character's inner problem is being unable to trust anyone. This leads to losing potential boyfriends, stalking, and murder.

In the end, in order to defeat the villain, my main character has to overcome her inability to trust others as she is forced to trust the villain in order to defeat him. If she does not, she dies. If she does, she lives.

Once you have your main character overcome his/her inner problem and defeat his/her antagonist or villain, then wrap everything up very quickly and end your screenplay. Leave no loose ends unresolved.

Want to celebrate once you've finished your screenplay? Do some stretching exercises. Meditate. Take a run or a walk. Take a day off. Buy yourself a t-shirt.

Then, go back to page one of your screenplay, and begin to rewrite it. Doing so will make the screenplay that much better and easier to sell to Hollywood.

Thank you for dropping by.
Good writing to you!
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Donald L. Vasicek was a writer/consultant for Warriors of Virtue, screenwriter for The Crown, writer/associate producer for The Lost Heart and Born To Kill. He wrote, directed, and produced Faces, Oh, The Places You Can Go..., Haunted World and the award-winning The Sand Creek Massacre. He writes columns for Hollywood Lit. Sales, Moondance Int'l Film Festival's E-zine, Screenplace, Screenwriters Forum, Screenplayers.Net, Screenwriters Utopia, Ink-On–The-Brain and Spraka & Kinsla (Swedish). Author of How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced (http://www.selfhelpguides.com/display.php3?guide=1822020729) and The Write Focus. Web site: http://www.donvasicek.com



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