ReWriteDr Tip : Titles

May 6, 2010

Pick a compelling title.  It’s the first thing that people learn about your script. Does your title hint of what the story may be about?  Does it make you smile or feel good or evoke an emotion?  Some good titles: 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS, BACK TO THE FUTURE, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, 3 MEN AND A BABY, RUNAWAY BRIDE, KNOCKED-UP, DUMB & DUMBER.  All those titles either gave you a hint of what genre the film is and what it may be about.  Some bad titles: AS GOOD AS IT GETS, SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE, THE ISLAND, GIGLI, JERRY MCGUIRE, SIDEWAYS, HANCOCK, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, TRAFFIC, UP, SIGNS, RATATOUILLE.  When you read these titles you have no idea what kind of film or script you’re looking at.  If you picked up two scripts and had to read one, which one would you pick to read, GLADIATOR or THE MAN?

Do you have any examples of good or bad titles?