How Edgar Wright Developed The Screenplay For ‘The World’s End’
“ONE PAGE. WHOLE FILM.”
Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) recently tweeted out two fascinating pictures showing the early development of The World’s End. Between Pegg and director Edgar Wright is a single page with the entire movie outlined in it’s simplest form.
A second tweet gave us a close up of the outline. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg. Getting a glimpse into their development process is invaluable. A single (giant) page contains a wealth of tips and development techniques.
Every major beat is clearly stated using only a few words. No need for long descriptions early on in the process. The main story beats in black are complimented by the hero’s journey in red and you can clearly see the journey the character takes. Also included are page counts. A rough estimate of where each beat falls in the story gives you a snap shot of the film’s pace.
As I said, it’s a fascinating look behind the scenes of how the pros develop their passion projects.
Try it yourself! Watch The World’s End. Then write!