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12-04-2005 10:05 PM
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Last edited by vitaluminosa; 05-12-2008 at 04:54 PM.
12-04-2005 11:16 PM
just adapt the tell tale heart by ae poe. you can't go wrong with that. if the film sucks, you'll know the problem wasn't with the story.
12-05-2005 05:07 AM
As for raw, human emotion...think of something emotional that happened to *you*, and re-create it. Or an emotional scene you witnessed, but weren't a part of. That might be the ticket.
12-05-2005 07:11 AMOriginally Posted by vitaluminosa
I haven't tried this with script-writing, but with short story writing, one technique that works when you're stuck is to write a series of letters in the voice of your protagonist, or maybe an exchange of letters between the protagonist and the antagonist. It's very freeing, because you're under no pressure with structure/form -- the letters themselves are not going to make it into the final product, so you feel less of a need to make them "perfect." But they give you an entry point into the character's head, and you might discover things they feel or things they've done that you didn't know about before... And then that material becomes the basis for your story -- or, in this case, your script.
And finally, even though you may have worked things out very soundly from an emotional vantage point, in the execution remember to show, not tell -- the hallmark of all good writing, but especially good script writing.
Keep us posted on how it goes!
12-05-2005 05:50 PM
that's good advice, ms. manhattan. develop your characters and they will lead you to a story. for the past three years i've been cultivating a premise about the impact an urban environment has on relationships, and further, to show Los Angeles as it really is, not how its typically depicted in films and tv. well, three years later, that story has evolved into a woman seeking out the only father figure she had growing up and their ensuing relationship.
12-05-2005 06:22 PM
the $64,0000 question.
Once you really understand filmmaking, it really takes you years before coming up w/ a good story that works in cinema. Last project I worked on wraped in 2003. The short made it into two festivals. Since then I've had a tough time coming up w/ a story. I'm finally understanding the process of story telling......Hope that makes sense.
good luck....so there I am the first day on the set, and there's a guy fukng me from behind, and there's these two huge guys dressed like cops in my mouth at the same time, and I remember thinking to myself..I like acting, I wanna study~Mighty Aphrodite
12-05-2005 06:44 PM
zordon is dead on. screenplay writing is the second hardest thing in the world. the first hardest thing is coming up with a good idea. most people never come up with any. hollywood will pay real money for an idea--you don't even need a script. there are a lot of really really really talented screenwriters that never sell anything and have miserable, horrible lives of frustration and pain because they can never come up with a good idea that anyone would want to buy. these people usually end up killing themselves. there are other people that can't write their way out of a paper bag that make it big because for whatever reason--they come up with ideas that are good and are able to exploit/execute their idea--one way or another. these people usually marry supermodels and get laid a lot.