• Anthony Hett

How to write a short film - What makes a good story?

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.

In today‘s blog post I will be discussing What makes a good story.

I believe that a good story provides an audience with an important message in an interesting and engaging way.

There are several important elements that are key to making a good story. In this post I am going to concentrate on three of those elements : theme, characters, conflict.


Audiences engage well with films that have a clear theme and portray a strong moral message. Does your story speak directly to an audience by saying something about the world we live in? Does it say something positive or does it ask difficult questions? Now of course not all successful films have a strong moral message at their core but a clear theme can certainly help an audience to engage with your story.


I have written about characters a lot previously, be sure to check out my previous posts on Character breakdowns and Character bibles, so I won’t go into it in too much detail here. However, to have a good story, it is important that your film has interesting characters that resonate with the audience. However, remember that the audience doesn’t have to like your characters, but they do need to care about what happens to them.


When writing films it is important to understand how to use conflict effectively. Try not to make everything too easy for your characters. An audience will associate with and care about your characters more, if they see the struggle that they had to go through in order to get what they wanted. Conflict can also be a good way to get your character to realise their mistakes, as well as helping them to reassess their wants and needs.

So those are my thoughts on What makes a good story. I hope that you found this post helpful. Let me know what you think in the comments below, share the post with others who might find it of help and be sure to check out my YouTube videos. Thank you for reading and I will be back next week with a post looking at Plot devices.