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“Teaching” means rules, structures or maps of paths which others took before you and drew. However when you have to teach a creative way all this is not enough. In fact, sometimes, all this might be a problem. If your students are creative people, they are going to feel those maps like a prison; if they are not, they might think those rules are a solution, a magic key and, what’s worse, the only way to do a script.
One of the most difficult points is to find a manner to teach to understand the media, that is, how cinema transmits a story.
Students arrive to you with a very clear and concise idea about what script is: something similar to a form to fill in. And they usually do it using a very long dialogue. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Once again I’ m going to tackle the task of teaching scriptwriting. It is incredible how teaching scriptwriting can teach you about the subject. I love cinema, no matter from which point of view, and one the most fascinating things about it is the fact that you never finish learning about it.
Les métiers d’écritures sont des voyages au parcours souvent chaotique, avec des petits pas, beaucoup de pas de côté, quelques grands pas en avant et quelques petits pas en arrière. Pour un auteur débutant, c’est un schéma à apprivoiser, c’est un peu compliqué, ça prend de l’énergie, ce n’est pas toujours facile, mais la réussite et l’accomplissement n’en sont que plus gratifiants et fascinants.
A recent conversation with some of my writer friends focused on our ongoing struggle to be at peace with our work…and with ourselves. If only we had more time to write. If only the subject matter would come more easily to us. If only we could get published or produced or even just optioned, then we’d have a sense of accomplishment and confidence as artists and be able to transcend our inner turmoil.
But would that really work?
I don’t do guest posts that often but Marc Omeyer is a stand-up guy and I don’t run into a whole hell of a lot of stand-up guys these days. So I’ve spent the last couple of weeks wondering what to write about… Didn’t want to do the same old, same old and recently, I’ve been doing so much THINKING about concepts that I wondered when was the last time anyone’s ever discussed the THINKING part about writing?
Having grown up surrounded by Hollywood I am not easily star struck. I do however love any opportunity to speak French which is why my hands began to sweat the moment I saw Jean Dujardin, the star of THE ARTIST. I was in Hollywood at the iconic Grauman’s Chinese theatre with fellow screenwriter and colleague, Shane Clark attending American Film Institute’s annual AFIFest and U.S. premiere of THE ARTIST.