We hear you saying: "What? Playing screenplay games? Shouldn't I be working on my screenplay?"
Consider there are times it's more productive not to write than writing something that falls in the category of the Top 7 Deadly Flaws of a Bad Screenplay.
That's why we designed screenplay games to give you a break from writing but not from screenwriting.
We asked our techie expert Timothy, aka Byteman, to come up with different games and lead us through them.
It's one of the oldest game in town.
It forces your brain to focus and recharge its neurons.
And that's exactly what you need when you feel restless and keep changing words in your screenplay or tossing your pages to the dustbin.
I thought of this game because many screenwriters play with the theme of memory.
Think of Leonard, from the screenplay Memento for example. In the screenplay written by Christopher Nolan, he has this condition, i.e. a short term memory loss, whereby he needs to write everything on stickers and his body to remember who he is and what happens to him.
You came up with different versions ...
I designed 3 Memory screenplay games. This one is about movie production companies. The other 2 are about famous screenwriters and dialogue techniques. The last one is more complex because you play with words, not pictures.
In this version you can even imagine your screenplay being produced by one of the production companies you play with. Not bad, right?
How do you play these Memory screenplay games?
Here are the instructions.
Ready? Click below to start playing / reset:
Click on the first 2 cards and watch your score.
The first card is in the first 3 rows. The matching card is in the row 4 to 6.
Score (number of pairs clicked) = 0
Ready to play again with these movie production companies ? Click here.
You want to play the other Memory screenplay games versions? Choose your cards:
The intention of the Memory game is for you to match all the pairs of cards in the least amount of clicks.
1. Click on any two cards laying face down. They turn around.
If the pictures match, the cards remain displayed.
If they don't match, the cards flip back to their initial position.
2. Keep clicking on any two cards until all the cards lay face up. The Memory game is then over.
3. The score registers the number of pairs you clicked on. The lower the number, the better you are. The best possible score is 18.
4. Play the Memory game again! With the same category - the cards will then be shown at a different place, or with a different category.
5. If you like this game, tell us about it and how well you did, we might just make a scoreboard out of it - who knows.
Ready to play? Here you go!
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Pictures and screenplay extracts:
-- "Memento" - Guy Pearce (Leonard), Wally Pfister (director photography), Christopher Nolan (director and screenplay)
* Inception, screenplay written by Christopher Nolan