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How to write a short film - Naming your scripts

Hello and welcome to my blog, where I offer simple and practical advice on how to write and make an interesting, engaging and hopefully successful short film.

So by now you're hopefully well on your way to developing your idea into a first draft. You've been inspired and you've chosen which idea to develop. The problem now is that you have no idea what to call your script.



Every film needs a title. Sometimes it can be really easy to come up with a suitable and eye- catching title. However, for those times when you are struggling to think of a name that you like, here are a couple of considerations that might help.

Premise

What is your film about? There are many examples of famous films named in this way including: The King's Speech, The Man in the Iron Mask, My week with Marilyn. Names that set the scene well and let you know what the film is going to be about, without giving too much away.

Location

Where is the film set? Do you have an interesting setting for your film that might make an intriguing title? Successful films that have been named after their locations include: Dunkirk, Eden Lake, The Island.

Main Character

Who is the main character of your film and do they have a name that might make an eye-catching film title? This could be a fictional character like Jerry Maguire or Vera Drake. While it could also be named after a real person like The Queen or Frida.


I hope that you have found reading this blog post helpful and that it assists you in coming up with some wonderful titles for your scripts. Let me know what you think in the comments below and let me know if you have any other thoughts on how to come up with that standout title. Also, be sure to check out my YouTube videos and I will see you back here soon. In my next blog I will be discussing the art of writing a synopsis.

And remember, if you find these posts helpful but would like to go into each topic in more detail, I offer 1:2:1 online mentoring sessions. Send me a message through my contact page if you would like to know more.