Screenplay

Friends With benefits

Can two lifelong friends stay that way when they decide to take a Kama Sutra class together?

Flipping the Rom-Com script

Challenge

As a spec film script, the challenge I set for myself was to take on a classic movie, When Harry met Sally, and take a new look at its enduring theme: can lovers be friends?

Solution

I updated the concept by combining equal parts When Harry Met Sally and What About Mary? to recast the theme and reframe the question into a modern-day sex comedy.

Process

Analysis

Brainstorming

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Beatsheet

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Outlining

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Screenwriting

Review

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Rewriting & Polish

SAMPLE SCENE

Friends With Benefits is a spec film script intended for grownups in a movie theater.  This scene occurs early in the script and defines the core dilemma the story exists to solve.

“You know the odds that two people, sitting together at my bar, would have only had lousy sex? Zero.”

“You know the odds that two people, sitting together at my bar, would have only had lousy sex? Zero.”

“Here’s the problem: I’m never sure I’m doing it right. I never know what goes where when. I just suck at it.

“Here’s the problem: I’m never sure I’m doing it right. I never know what goes where when. I just suck at it.

“No! We’re not going to ruin our friendship over… benefits.”

“No! We’re not going to ruin our friendship over… benefits.”

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