How To Use Settings Creatively
The creative use of settings can make a screenplay exciting and memorable. Changing the place
of action to an uncommon location can make the story extremely dynamic.
is essentially a Western in outer space. In this film, actor Sean Connery plays a federal marshal
trying to maintain law and order on a mining outpost on one of Jupiter's moons.
takes place in the future and is set in outer space, but it contains many similarities to World War II.
The antagonist, Darth Vader, can be compared to Adolf Hitler. Vader's appearance and behavior are similar to Hitler. Vader even wears a helmet that is the same shape as the helmets worn by Hitler's Nazi soldiers.
And just as Hitler tried to exterminate his enemies in concentration camps, Vader tries to annihilate the Rebel Alliance by using the Death Star weapon.
To write a screenplay using a creative setting, ask yourself several questions:
1. Who is the protagonist of your story? Who is the antagonist?
2. What is the protagonist's goal? What type of conflict is preventing him from
achieving his goal?
When does your story take place? What is the historical time period? If it takes
place during the present day, can you set it in the future or the past?
does the main conflict of your story occur? Does it occur on Earth? Can the
conflict take place on a distant planet or in a primitive setting?
is your protagonist able to resolve the main conflict of the story in this setting?
Does he have a unique skill or ability that helps him triumph? If so, describe this skill