Good Ideas Come from Research
The process of writing a screenplay always involves research, whether it’s watching documentaries or other films, interviewing people, reading books, or just plain old self-discovery. When you research a topic, you get a lot of new information about it and about the characters that live within that world. It doesn’t matter how well you think you know the subject matter – spend the time to research plotlines, characters in history, props, time periods, science, visual style, and other works of fiction.
It costs almost nothing, and it pays off big time. In an interview for Playback with Kris Tapley, filmmaker Ryan Coogler said that much of what ended up in the Black Panther movie originated from his trip to Africa as part of his research, and while you don’t have to go to Africa, you can access similar information by using the power of Google, reading, and conducting interviews. Do your research!