Archives

Category Archive for: ‘Dramaturgy & Screenwriting’

  • Breaking Coconuts

    Breaking coconuts

    As screenwriters we qualify on the evolution ladder to be somewhere between coconuts obsessed chimps and cold blooded high tech engineers. More or less we all work using the best of each approach which makes us high tech chimps or coconuts obsessed engineers. In my wildest dreams, I envision what one may call, well, a step forward.

    Read More

  • IMG 4787

    Movies are dreams

    The craft of screenwriting seems to be an infinite subject for books, posts, seminars. Advices everywhere, gurus at the corner of each lost dog on a parking lot. And indeed, some sort of science is finally slowly emerging of all this. What I’d like to highlight here is the most significant aspect of movies : their dream quality.

    Read More

  • 2012 03 19 00.15.56

    One story, four pitches

    Everyone insists on how important a pitch is. But as for myself, I think every writer needs four different and necessary pitches.
    First is the install pitch, the initial appeal of a conflicting contrast, a fresh situation around someone in relation with three essential entities : us, his world, and a vital necessity.

    Read More

  • 2012 03 19 00.16.112 E1333967093180

    Backstory and the sense of loss

    In a movie, the revelation of the backstory can be mind blowing or a miserable burden in the telling : how much, when, what for, from whose point of view, at what progressing rythm (Chinatown) or unique intensity (Runaway Jury, Psycho) is the ultimate identity and vision of the writer.
    To some extent, the mastery of backstory is the central crossroad of the craft, the right path to any story, and the most personal artistic signature of the writer.

    Read More

  • 2012 03 19 17.45.251

    Pivotal Moments 1- How miraculous : the characters necessity fits your need

    Let’s be clear : while the message of stories and even our intention as writers are most of the time noble and sincere, the « craft » is mainly about trickery, cheat, duplicity.
    And it’s fun !

    Read More

Page 1 of 212»

Stories beyond frontiers. Les histoires font la loi.