I used to write in a popcorn thread on another message board about 3 yrs ago and that was pretty awesome. Hearing other peoples ideas are very encouraging and productive for me.
I had a very vivid day dream last week when I was trying to take a nap. It turned into a 4pg outline for a movie that I've managed to pen 3 scenes for. I also did a character study for my two main characters which helps when I try to write the transition stuff. I even got as particular as to their fav ice cream flavor and color and such.
When I was telling a friend about it, I tried to describe in as what genre it would fit in. Yeah this is what I came up with.
It's a Dark Romantic Historical Musically Influenced Comedy. It's Almost Famous meets Elizabethtown and has coffee with Pride & Prejudice before getting dessert with National Treasure and Forrest Gump. If that makes any sense at all.
When I can't figure out how I want a scene to play, I start thinking about the extra stuff in the scene... i.e. clothes, music in the background, etc. Sometimes I'll put a certain song on repeat and it will actually pull the dialogue out of me.
Like someone else already posted on here, I hear the characters talking to me/through me so sometimes the stuff just comes out in floods. Having a trusting and kind sounding board of an english major sister in law is also helpful.
Good luck to all the writers on here. We so totally rock!