Before firing up the screenwriting software and facing that blank page, there’s a lot of planning, plotting, and story engineering that takes place — for good reason. The “pre-writing” or “story-breaking” part of writing a screenplay is vital.
It seems like movie villains are a dying art. Most mainstream movies are more interested in spectacle and likable leads than giving us an antagonist we can fear, but they tend to forget a cardinal rule of storytelling: your hero is only as good as your villain.
Strangely, many writers are resistant to protecting their work or they take shortcuts to save a few dollars. This is foolhardy. You must protect yourself as best you can. There are several types of protection available, and you must know which to choose.