a complex or esoteric theory of art is fine of you want to pontificate and act like you can account for every creative work ever made (which no theory can), but as creative persons, none of us should care about that- what we need are tools and techniques, and it best when these are kept SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE (in a way thats still useful of course), so that they dont get in the way of INSTINCT AND EMOTION AND RISK TAKING which are also vital for creation.
an art students league teacher told me something ill never forget:
"KEEP WHAT YOU KNOW SIMPLE"
Thread: When is a guru not a guru?
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09-07-2012 11:45 AM"The foundation of film art is editing"
- V.I. Pudovkin
09-07-2012 08:31 PM
But that sports coach may not have the experience to know exactly how to solve the problem. They have the theoretical solution, but not the step-by-step practical solution. And that's why some of those gurus get trashed - they can tell you what's wrong, but not how to fix it.
09-07-2012 09:28 PM~ The grand essentials in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. - Addison
09-08-2012 07:18 AM
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I'll throw in a reply-- I have read almost every guru on screenwriting, I have studied all the how-to methods on beating, outlining, sequencing, carefully structuring a story before typing FADE IN. A couple of days ago i read this book which takes an almost opposite approach (not entirely)-- recommending to stop outlining, stop spending so much time listening to guru methods, stop spending weeks and months structuring, stop spending months writing the screenplay. Not saying I necessarily agree with the author's take on this, but I found the read (took less than an hour on my kindle) interesting and thought provoking. Use or lose, just thought this was germaine to the subject of gurus.
09-09-2012 09:37 PM
That's another thing about teachers - each may have a different method of teaching and one may work for you and another may not. In the end it is always about results - what method you use to get those results doesn't matter. If you can write without an outline and end up with screenplays that sell or get you assignments - that's what you should do. If what you are doing isn't working - try something else until you find the method that produces results.