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"Fictional narratives supply us with a mental catalog of the fatal conundrums we might face someday and the outcomes of strategies we could deploy in them – Not only do we crave story, but we have very specific hardwired expectations for every story we read, even though — and here’s the kicker — chances are next to nil that the average reader could tell you what those expectations are." - Lisa Cron
"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
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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"One of the terrors of screenwriting resides in the knowledge that there is always something more compelling, more powerful, that we seek in the interior being of a character whilst being all too aware that all we can actually show is what is apparent on the outside. The job of the screen storyteller is to reveal what is essentially invisible, to suggest what lies behind the external evidence - those curious, ineffable qualities that take our breath away."
- Billy Marshall Stoneking
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