“… The Warner Bros. Hallway Test. It’s brutal, and it illustrates a simple point:
As a screenwriter, your choice of film premise is your calling card. Not your witty dialog, not your clever descriptions. Not your knowledge of structure and subplot and subtext.
“The very first decision you make as a writer — ‘what is my film about?’ — will define your creative instincts in the eyes of the industry. Like actors and directors, you will always be known by the projects you pick (or in this case, by the projects you initiate).
“You must — you MUST — choose well….”