Despite the struggling economy, watching movies are still one of America’s favorite pastimes. But, the quality of movies have steadily declined with the economy. The blueprint of a good movie is simple and should be followed in order for guaranteed movie success.
1. Have a clear storyline: The storyline is the basically the path that the protagonist, your hero will take. And, the storyline is one of the most effective ways to connect your audience with your hero. For instance, the truncated storyline of the movie Gladiator is mentioned near its conclusion. It is the story of a general that became a slave, and the slave that became the savior of the people. Because the storyline of Gladiator is so intriguing, the movie is great.
2.Create a villain without a conscience – Villains almost create themselves. The only character trait that is necessary to make a great antagonist is the willingness to do anything to accomplish a goal, whether that goal be to make money, to suppress a group of people, or to just create chaos. The villain must be willing to steal from people, terrorize them, or even killing them. And, the best villains do all three indiscriminately.
3. Have a Likeable Hero – Your audience has to like your protagonist or at the very least be able to connect with him or her. This means that the author has to make him easy to relate with. There are several different ways to make a likeable character and numerous archetypes for heroes. There is the classic hero that always does the right thing regardless of the situation and the consequences. There is the lovable loser that makes good in the end. There is the tortured hero that fights in response to great loss caused by the antagonist. And, there is the accidental hero that is thrust into leadership. The protagonist also needs to be capable of showing multiple emotions. The efficacy of the movie rests on the hero’s ability to consociate with the audience.
4. Have great supporting characters – The supporting cast carries the storyline. They supply the smaller stories that build and move the story along. Having a colorful, diverse characters is equally as important as having a hero that can engage the audience. Supporting characters are the difference between movies like The Lord of the Rings and 300. Though both had cleanly choreographed fight scenes and strong heroes. But, The Lord of the Rings had terrific smaller roles.
5. Have at least two interconnected subplots – These stories involve and develop the supporting characters, and ultimately help the hero in the end.
6. Your hero must have a bittersweet victory – Make sure that the hero wins against the villain, but loses something dear to him as a result of his struggle. In life, people very rarely achieve everything that desired to do or have, so good cinema should reflect that.
7. Tie everything into a lesson or a moral – The best movies serve as a metaphor for life. People are intrigued by the storyline, they connect to the characters, and they are engaged in the plot. But, the movies that stand above the rest give their audience a message that relates directly to their lives. The Matrix was loved by so many viewers because the message of stepping out of your mundane, day-to-day patterns reached the audience. It had an enduring theme of freeing your mind and taking control of your own destiny. The best plots transcend the movie.