It’s great to have a vivid world, but your story shouldn’t feel like an excuse to show off your world.

A world-building script is a script that is heavily reliant on its setting. These are commonly genre scripts, but not always. A script that’s got an esoteric historical setting or relies on a densely woven political backstory has the same strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.

MINORITY REPORT is a sci-fi world building story. Much of the texture and fun of the movie comes from its densely imagined future.

THE WIZARD OF OZ is a fantasy world building story, one full of witches, magic, and flying monkeys.

GAME OF THRONES marries a fantasy world with internecine imagined politics.

Published by Matt Lazarus

WGA screenwriter offering in-depth writing instruction, notes, critique, and assistance.

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