Movies titles require some form of action

Budding screenwriters take note.

A list of movie titles that were video releases once brought home to me the importance of naming one’s work: the title. Titles are often dreaded by the writer. They seem simple to devise, but may put the writer at labor to say what the story’s about in a line.

The titles I came across in my reading seemed to show that movie titles may be quite rudimentary. Most movie titles read simple. Movie titles seem easy for writers to imagine up, going by the sounds of many of those titles. Yet the work going on behind them might have been harder than one thinks, for words can make or break a line of writing, so getting the right words in the right balance counts.

Movie titles have some identifying features which make them easier to write and so may cut down the pressure in inventing them. I base these features on my observations of movie titles. Movies are often marketed in terms of action, so titles show that. Other usually older audiences like something more passive but still with a suggestion of movement like The Passion of Judith Hearne, an introspective title, but also with something going on. Other titles are noun-reliant and depend on the prior knowledge of the audience which is a smaller audience than the audiences who are inclined towards action-orientated movies.

Inspiration can help, but most times, all a writer has to do is think of a title with action or movement in it, be that horror, crime, action per-se, comedy, drama, etc. For me I like the more interesting sounding titles (Mississippi Burning). Even movies with a track record of getting bums on seats, still need to seal the deal with a title that the audience will appreciate, but sometimes a franchise that is popular can get away with a lesser title here or there.

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