The Perfect End

Its is fairly common for filmmakers and scriptwriter to start their project by writing wonderful ideas and allowing the words to flow until then they reach a roadblock and just cannot conclude their story. There are five guidelines that will serve to help to finalize a screenplay and end it flawlessly.

Craft a killer ending – after deciding your ending and no matter how the beginning and or the finished story turns out; never change it. Have a main incident and then eliminate it early on while having a lot of chaos surround the main characters so that your audience will have forgotten what has happened. This will create an ending that is anticipated yet unexpected without being predictable as the element of surprise is the pulse of any screenplay.

Don’t lay out all your cards on the table – determine the final eye-opener of your story and then choose what and when you decide to reveal to your audience. The key is to successfully control the payoffs about plot and character.

Loose ends are OK – you don’t have to always end with “Happy Ever After”. Sometimes a mere suggestion of “what’s next” is more effective than laying it out plainly. It keeps audiences guessing and imagining what lies beyond the final credits.

Have your protagonist rise above the storms – everyone has problems and different ways of dealing with them; so should your protagonist. Having someone miraculously solve everything is grating. Instead have them solve problems after confronting inner demons and difficult choices and coming out better and wiser through the experience.

End after the climax – no point in dragging it as you can’t avoid the obvious end. Combining the climax and the ending is like pointing out that nothing can stop the outcome and there’s no where to go when you reach the end of the road.

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