Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chosing a Title for your Project that Doesn't Suck

I'm not feeling my screenplay title and I need a great one to attract eyeballs.  The current title 'Clones' is pretty bland and uninteresting.  Time to do some brainstorming.

I have noticed that although I'm not a viewer of westerns when I search the tv guide for a good movie to watch they catch my attention.  Why do they catch my attention?

Here are a few that did:
'God Forgives, I Don't'
'Gang of Roses'
'The Missing'
'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford'
'Six Reasons Why'
'The Quick and the Undead'

These titles got my attention  because they are witty, sarcastic and mysterious.

I could go all out and call my screnplay "F@ck Me Forever" but even though it's outrageous and curious it doesn't truly convey what the story is about.  It probably won't find the right audience either.  It's a sci-fi thriller. 

Sometimes when I need inspiration I go web surfing.  Here are some of the places I landed:

A cool website called Art of the Title .
From the about page: A compendium and leading web resource of film and television title design from around the world. We honor the artists who design excellent title sequences.

The site has a bunch of great visuals although a bit limited on movie selections. When I clicked on 2011 Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Main Title Design I realized that the site focuses on creating amazing visuals for compelling titles.


Then I landed on a site called Better Book Titles .
“This page is for people who have trouble slogging through the information on book jackets or feel intimidated by the title and cover itself. How many times have you perused the cover of a novel only to rub your sore eyes and realize you’ve learned NOTHING from the book’s title?!” - From the Editor

If you have time to browse and are a book lover you will get a kick out of this website for it's re-naming of classic books.

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Charlaine Harris: The Southern Vampire Mysteries

And what exactly did I learn from this websurfing adventure.
-I'm great a finding funny distractions.
-I'm a champion at entertaining myself.

If you have any tips or recommendations for coming up with a great screenplay title please leave them in the comments.  Have a great day. 

1 comment:

Richard said...

Fantastic, entertaining post! Best wishes on finding just the right title!