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What’s the difference between a premise and a theme?

Posted in - In Development on January 22nd 2015 0 Comments All About Agents


This is a general term used to the describe the overall concept of a loosely formed story. It is the precursor to the genre, plot, tone and conflict of a film, without making any moral judgement on the underlying idea. There is no grand argument in a premise defining a premise as being either good or bad.

A premise often starts with the central question of the story without much reference to the film’s execution.


The theme evolved after the premise has been defined and what will be said about the central question. It refers to the underlying message of the story and how it expects an audience to respond to the material. A single premise may give rise to very different films if the thematic focus if the thematic focus is altered.

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