The Biggest Reason Why Writers Fail At The Premise by John Truby

24 thoughts on “The Biggest Reason Why Writers Fail At The Premise by John Truby

  1. cowboys and aliens was very cool. sucker punch probably the best movie ever made. broke all the rules of genre.

  2. What a real new screenwriter has to do is to fuck this kind of crap. If you listen to this, then you will end up with being a mediocre.

  3. Eye luv it, the mood music and background beat almost entirely drowns out the sound track and audio narrative on the "James Patterson Teaches Writing | Official Trailer" ad — laughed so hard I almost missed the link for Skip Ad!

  4. i feel as if it's absolutely pointless to develop an idea without knowing what genre/s you're writing for. if you don't know, how can you expect someone to pay for your script? or see the movie? after all, the genre dictates the story elements and cast of characters.

    take whatever idea you have right now. if it's a rom-com, change that to a horror for a minute and consider the huge alterations you'd have to make to craft a decent horror movie. that may be a pretty extreme example, but it should illustrate just how powerful choosing the correct genre can be on the story.

  5. He doesn't even mention "The Biggest Reason Why Writers Fail At The Premise" until the last few seconds and even then it doesn't make sense…especially since he only devoted a few seconds to the actual topic of the video (not that it would have make any difference, LOL)!!

  6. This guy is an idiot. I sat thru the whole video, he didn't mention premise once, and he's extremely negative. He is not an intelligent man, he looks like an artist who lost his soul years ago. For anyone looking for actual writing advice, just watch your favorite movie or read the script. You learn more, don't give 5 seconds to this jackoff

  7. Would be nice to hear some examples where story worked very well, and where it didn't do well. And point out the main mistakes etc.

  8. I can't buy some of his thoughts on films today are multi-genre. In that case, the studios would go crazy trying to figure out the genre of the films purchased by the studios. Genre must be clear.

  9. Hmm. Good advise. I'm having a little trouble deciding what genre my movie is. I don't want to call it romantic comedy but it sure is a comedy has romance but also drama. Better think about what genre I really want it to be.

  10. Perhaps that's the best question to ask, but the only answer I can come up with seems too simplistic to post. But since nobody else has, I'll take a shot. Pick a basic genre, one of the essential story-forms, and only then overlay a skin of another genre. A minor skin. An aesthetic skin. Don't create a convoluted mess when you combine genres. And a writer avoids making a mess, by not leaving the essential, or base, or "chosen" genre. Apparently that's the trick to avoid betraying the premise.

  11. John, john, (pause) john. Good stuff for sure. However your ending comment re: The biggest reasons writers fail at the premise line is the wrong genre to… Didn't you say earlier or in another clip that Films now must combine genres? IF you could address that or if some cares to take a stab.

  12. Thank you filmcourage for doing so many wonderful interviews! Your passion for filmmaking in all its aspects, is awsomeness!

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