If you want to make a masterpiece movie or TV show, you gotta get 2 things right: the big picture and the little details.
The Big Picture includes all of the obvious stuff:
The Basic Story - If you can give someone a 2 sentence summary of your movie or TV
show and get them excited, then your big picture is in good shape.
The Main Characters - The main characters in your story should all be memorable and
The Plot Points - The most important scenes (the turning points, the climax, etc.) need
to hit the hardest.
The Beginning and the End - Start with a bang; end with a bang.
The Little Details are the less obvious but equally important things:
The Dialogue - This is one of the hardest things to do well. Even some of the most
successful movies and TV shows have bland, generic dialogue. If your dialogue is unique,
interesting and not phony sounding, then you're ahead of the game.
The Supporting Characters - It's easy to make the main characters stand out, but giving
your supporting characters depth instead making them one dimensional is something that takes
your story to another level.
The Valleys - The peaks in a story are the fast-paced, exciting parts. The valleys are
the slower, quieter moments. If you can make the valleys as compelling as the peaks, then
you've accomplished something that very few are able to do.
Most good movies or TV shows do one of these 2 things well. The commercially successful,
"entertaining" ones usually have the big picture stuff down, but are lacking in the little details.
Thecritically acclaimed, "artistic" ones nail the little details but aren't as strong in the big picture department.
The best of the best however, manage to pull off both. The Godfather and Breaking Bad are two good examples.
Each were critcally acclaimed, commercially successful cultural phenomenons.
In order to pull off both, you need a team with a balanced mix of both kinds of individuals. If your team consists of 2 people and you're a little details person, the other person needs to be a big picture person.
If your team has 10 people, you want 5 of each ideally. You'll have heated arguments and conflicts for sure, but if you can maintain a healthy, collaborative environment.. you just might create a masterpiece.
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