The most relevant and enduring questions in the evolution and evaluation of screen-stories-that-matter are WHERE'S THE DRAMA? and WHY DO I CARE? Yet the creation of fresh, surprising and compelling screen narratives - with some notable exceptions - is uncommon. Why is this? And what can be done about it?
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The sooner a writer realizes that s/he is not in control the better. A writer's job is not to rule like some grand puppeteer pulling the strings of the characters, but to free them, and in so doing, to liberate him/herself from the tyranny of proprietorship. As the writer relinquishes control, s/he begins to see that the written story's fundamental purpose is to inspire vision, and bring about the birth of the story that is directed, which in its way inspires the illumination of the edit and sound design, thus bringing about the incarnation of the story that is eventually transformed into the audience's experience of it. Understanding the inherent generosity of this process is crucial to grasping the most important insight of all - namely that there is nothing to own, that the art of the invisible - i.e.: screen storytelling - is about getting out of the way.
"Ideas are ‘a dime a dozen’ until you write them down, until you find some way of dramatizing them. What makes them expensive is not what you do with them, but what they do to you.".
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Inside the Writers Room with BREAKING BAD: Glen Mazzara (former WALKING DEAD showrunner) chats about the creation of what some consider the greatest television show of all time with (from left to right) creator Vince Gilligan and writers Moira Walley-Beckett, Sam Catlin, Peter Gould, Thomas Schauz, Gennifer Hutchison and George Mastras.
"If you have a leap of faith that is underpowered where you're questioning it as you leap, you don't get to the other side. You can't leap without complete and absolute willingness to die for your want."
~ Bruce Joel Rubin