a one word theme for your story then explain how you are going to
make it original and specific, such as desire leads to suffering.
from Feature Films to study and get ideas:
• Alien: Fear of the unknown.
• Alien 2: The strength of motherhood.
• American Beauty: Desire leads to suffering.
• Antz: Think for yourself
• Apocalypse Now: There is a fine line between insanity and
• Bad Lieutenant: Redemption of a lost corrupt man.
• Brazil: Consequences of individuality in a totalitarian
• Boogie Nights: Self-delusion.
• Buckaroo Bonzai: Superhero with a pure heart can see evil.
• Casablanca: Loss of love for some greater cause.
• Citizen Kane: Exploration of personality; who was Kane?
• Clockwork Orange: Violence is a cost of individuality and
non-individuals have a loss of soul.
• Dangerous Liaisons: Courtship as combat.
• Dr. Strangelove: Exploration of systems and their crushing
• Evil Dead 2: Triumph of hero.
• Fargo: Treasure the little things in life.
• Fatal Attraction: Cost of deception.
• The Graduate: Alienation of 60’s youth.
• Magnolia: Forgiveness in Los Angeles.
• Memento: How humans construct and deconstruct reality.
• Princess Mononoke (2D): Everything is alive and connected
in our environment.
• Pulp Fiction: Seeking out redemption in underworld with
emphasis on loyalty.
• Requiem For a Dream: Addiction to dreams.
• Run Lola Run: Exploration of how the power of love can change
• Shrek (3D): Seeing inner beauty. When you can love someone
else you can love yourself.
• Star Wars: A hero coming of age taking on lost father’s
• Terminator: Man being destroyed by their own machines.
• The Bad And The Beautiful: Creativity and corruption.
• The Big Chill: Warmth of friendship against cold world.
• The Blair Witch: Arrogance of youth lacking respect for
themselves, surroundings, and subject.
• The Celebration (DV): Dark secrets destroy families.
• The Cruise (DV): The beauty of Manhattan.
• Lord Of The Rings (1): Even the smallest person can change
the world. Pure heart needed to wield great power.
• The Matrix: Rise of superman against the system of the future.
• The Piano: The need for creative expression.
• The Remains Of The Day: Individual vs. place within class
society. Class society destroying individual.
• The Usual Suspects: Construction and reconstruction of memory
• There’s Something About Mary: Love is more important
than beauty. Struggles with perfection.
• Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead: Honor among thieves.
• Trainspotting: Conflict between life and death urges.
• Toy Story (3D): Being the most favorite toy.
• Waking Life (DV): Exploration of lucid dreaming state. What
is real verses what is illusion.
• Wallstreet: Greed leads to corruption.
• Wizard of OZ: The importance of home and family
• You Can Count On Me: Loves evokes love
Image Description in Script
Treasure the little things in life
eating fresh pie savoring every bite.
character looking out of place at grownup party.
leads to suffering
getting beat up trying to get what he wants.
for meaning of last word uttered on deathbed.
blurry line between sanity and insanity
all the characters acting crazy but functional.
as cost of individuality
artsy, unique criminal characters.
cat found hanging on clothesline by antagonist.
of love can change fate
screaming so loud that he wins game of chance to save lover.
characters all experience extreme changes as result of war.
Some characters die, some become very scarred and others get
One Word Theme for your story:
How is your theme original and specific?
List 3 ways to show story events being controlled by the
theme in your story: