Best Screenplay Ideas of 2011

A screenplay, also called a script, is a written work by screenwriters for a film or television show. Learning how to write a solid screenplay takes a good amount of research, practice and repetition.  Watching movies and television shows and studying successful screenplays and writers are some things that you can do to help yourself learn.  Listed below are two of the best screenplays to come out in 2011 that are worth checking out.

In 2011, The Descendants won the Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay. The screenplay was adapted by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim rash from a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The story follows Matt King, a Honolulu-based lawyer and the sole trustee of a family trust that controls 25,000 acres on the island of Kaua’i. The trust is expiring, however, and the King family has decided to sell the pristine land for development. Just before the family members are ready to endorse the deal, a boating accident renders Matt’s wife, Elizabeth, comatose. Matt learns that his wife will never awaken from her coma, and attempts to come to terms with being the sole parent to his two daughters: ten-year-old Scottie and 17-year-old Alex. He also has to make decisions regarding his wife’s living will, and how to move forward with the family trust. By the end of the film, he has made his peace with his wife, disconnected her in accordance to her wishes, and decided to keep the family’s 25,000 acres, even though one of his cousins threatens that legal action may proceed against him.

Alexander Payne not only helped adapt the book into a screenplay, but also directed the film on-location in Hawaii. The Descendants was released in November of 2011, and featured Hawaiian music as its soundtrack. It received positive reviews upon release, with Roger Ebert giving it a perfect four-star rating. In addition to receiving the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, It was distinguished by the American Film Institute as one of the Movies of the Year, and the screenplay was nominated for the 65th annual British Academy Film Awards.

That same year, Midnight in Paris won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film was written and directed by Woody Allen, and has been lauded as one of his best films in recent years. The screenplay is the story of Gil Pender, a successful Hollywood screenwriter who dreams of becoming a novelist. His fiancée, Inez, are vacationing with Inez’s wealthy parents while Gil struggles to finish his first novel, which Inez dismisses as a romantic daydream. One night, Gil gets drunk and is drawn into a 1920s Peugeot Type 176, which takes him back to the 1920s; Gil becomes acquainted with Josephine Baker, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and even Ernest Hemingway, who later shows his novel to Gertrude Stein.  Gil continues going back in time every evening, meeting the illustrious artists of the day and falling in love with Adriana, who is Pablo Picasso’s mistress. In the present, Gil meets Gabrielle while his fiancée is shopping for furniture, and through her discovers a diary of Adriana’s, disclosing that she is in love with him. Gil and Adriana go back to the 1890s and meet up with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gaugin, and Edgar Degas; Adriana decides to stay, but Gil realizes that in spite of the allure of nostalgia, he must accept the present for what it is, and do what he can to improve his own life.

The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and was released in North America in May of the same year.  In addition to the Academy Award, the film won the Golden Globe award for Best Screenplay and was distinguished by the Writers Guild of America, as well as the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Do you have a screenplay idea that you think would make a great movie or TV show? New Show Studios can help you take action and pursue your screenplay idea. It is a company based in Pittsburgh that’s designed specifically for everyday people with ideas for screens big and small.  New Show Studios has all the resources under one roof to develop your screenplay idea into a concept package and present it to an entertainment company through its exclusive licensing agent, SFM Entertainment.  SFM Entertainment has over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry. 

Remember that even with the best presentation materials new entertainment development is high risk and there is very little likelihood that your idea will be successfully licensed or result in profit to you.


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