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Old 09-17-2019, 05:24 PM   #41
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But either way, it involves imagination, an understanding of human nature and skill with the craft.
The above and what sc111 and others are echoing about "write what you know" reminds me of this, in a BAFTA series lecture from 2013, featuring writer Tony Gilroy:

"... There is one thing that you have to know, that is a deal breaker on all of it. You have to know human behaviour, you cannot pass go, you cannot move forward, you are dead stopped right here, right now, if you do not know human behaviour and the quality of your writing is absolutely capped at your understanding of human behaviour. You will never write above what you know about people. The writers that I’m talking about that have made a great living, without writing action, are experts in human behaviour…"

"‘the quality of your writing will be a direct reflection of your understanding of the contradictions and complexities of human behaviour’."

It's a huge interview, to listen to or read. Other screenwriters are up too.

http://www.bafta.org/film/features/t...riters-lecture
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:34 PM   #42
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The above and what sc111 and others are echoing about "write what you know" reminds me of this, in a BAFTA series lecture from 2013, featuring writer Tony Gilroy:

"... There is one thing that you have to know, that is a deal breaker on all of it. You have to know human behaviour, you cannot pass go, you cannot move forward, you are dead stopped right here, right now, if you do not know human behaviour and the quality of your writing is absolutely capped at your understanding of human behaviour. You will never write above what you know about people. The writers that I’m talking about that have made a great living, without writing action, are experts in human behaviour…"

"‘the quality of your writing will be a direct reflection of your understanding of the contradictions and complexities of human behaviour’."

It's a huge interview, to listen to or read. Other screenwriters are up too.

http://www.bafta.org/film/features/t...riters-lecture

Nice, thanks for the link!
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:02 PM   #43
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That's just not right!
Now I wish I could find just the clip, but this is the best I could find (sorry for commercial and fake them song).

Scroll to 17:20 in the video -- that's how I picture what you look like when I heard you had 8 kids. About 30 seconds long.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5lhaf0

You're a hero.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:08 AM   #44
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...people it's actually easier to write about killer androids in a different galaxy.
I wouldn't disregard something that scifi, action or thriller as being not a personal story... even a horror movie

they are all interpersonal conflicts with characters ... and that struggle creates drama... probably the most obscure genre(and less empathetic) is the a disaster or protag vs. environment. But, they usually contain a b-storyline, where a person trying to save someone dear to them and in part work out problems they have prior to the incident

some movies to focus more on plot over character arc, but usually there's some inner journey that add tension and character flaw...

I think if you looked at old StarTrek or Twilight Zone episodes you would see a lot of social commentary on things that are very personal to the writers. And they feel safe in this alternate world to discuss taboo social problems

Stephen King discussed how his Pet Sematary is based on real fears of any father/pet owner...
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In 1979, King was a "writer-in-residence" at the University of Maine and the house he was renting was adjacent to a major road where dogs and cats were often killed by oncoming trucks. After his daughter's cat was killed by a truck along that road, he explained the death of the pet to his daughter and buried the cat. Three days later, King imagined what would happen if a family suffered the same tragedy but the cat came back to life "fundamentally wrong." He then imagined what would happen if that family's young son were also killed by a passing truck. He decided to write a book based on these ideas, and that the book would be a re-telling of "The Monkey's Paw" (1902), a short story by W. W. Jacobs about parents whose son resurrects after they wish for that to happen.
it has to do with the fear not being able to protect your child, something all parents conceive... also, questions of mortality
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