Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: Star-Casting

October 30th, 2008 by


The Variety report of the spec script sale yesterday — “Sunny and 68″ — had this bit of business:

O’Connor, whose “Pride and Glory” was released this past weekend by Warner Bros., said he and Tambakis wrote the script, a drama with comedic overtones, with [Vince] Vaughn in mind for the lead character.

And that reminded me of “star-casting,” where a writer imagines ‘casts’ certain actors to ‘play’ the roles of various characters in the screenplay they are writing. Set aside being lucky enough to have Vince Vaughn (or whoever you cast) agree to star in your movie — although “Sunny and 68″ proves it can happen. A more tangible benefit?

If you’re having trouble focusing a character, envisioning an actor in the role can help you do just that.

When you write a spec script, you are making your own ‘movie.’ You can do anything you want. Why not cast Mark Wahlberg, Johnny Deep, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning (all currently in IMDB’s Starmeter Top 20)? Not only give more flavor and shape to your characters, but also make it more fun to write.

This has been another edition of “Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work.”

One thought on “Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: Star-Casting

  1. This trick works wonders, and it can even help in pitching your screenplay if asked by execs who do you think is a good fit for this role?

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