Posts tagged movie
Posts tagged movie
Thinking about doing Twelve Days of Screenwriting again this year. It’s a fun creative refresh for screenwriters over the holidays. There are activities everyday but no pressure. It’s just a way to do a little writing and even more importantly to reboot yourself creatively. You can create a little space for yourself during times that can be hectic. It’s all related to holiday traditions, stories and myths so it keeps you in the holiday spirit too. And, as always, it’s FREE.
It needs a little retooling. I have a nice Holiday Horror day to add. If I can get it finished I might run it on Tumblr this time.
And you can make it work for pretty much any kind of writing.
"Whether you set your story in the offices of a glossy fashion magazine, or simply the domestic home front, the world inhabited by your characters will reveal what you think about women’s lives"
Um, maybe limiting those settings to that range reveals a lot about attitudes to women. Seriously? Women are combat soldiers now too. And going on to talk about how men are changing via bromance and NOT about how all these traditional women’s roles, viewpoints etc. are changing reveals even more, even as the overriding conflict for women is noted to be gender expectations, is pretty funny. Mentioning conventional expectations of women as harmony or union bringers and then going on to recommend embracing that as women’s voice also seems pretty funny again in light of discussing how much of conflict for women is being held to stereotypes. Women’s roles are very often badly written and for these very reasons. Women’s voice is not about stereotypical representations and focus, which is exactly why so many female characters are written as two dimensional, stereotypical, plot devices and just plain uninteresting and unauthentic. Until all writers, male and female, choose to step out of cognitive bias and represent women authentically, women’s voice is pretty meaningless. On the other hand, at a time when, as noted above, women’s roles are changing and we have massive cultural conflicts around this, such as fundamentalist religions and social groups that want to return women to roles that are straight out of the Dark Ages, rising fights for LGBT rights such as marriage, women in combat roles, and woman on woman hate for everything from clothing choices to parenting and even lack of acceptance in nerd culture, exploring the struggle and ambivalence that women experience is more likely to reveal an authentic voice and create fresh characters that are not just another stereotype.
Think of it this way. Some African Americans are very good at sports which supports a stereotype, but would you recommend being a bringer of knowledge about athletics as suitable to representing an African American voice? Insert any cultural, ethnic stereotype and it becomes apparent that traditional, conventional etc are only part of the picture. Exploring how that stereotype challenges real human beings can reveal a much richer character with a real human voice.
Simultaneously write with as many people as you want. Video chat, message, outline, and edit all in one place. Work together without e-mailing scripts back and forth.
From the genius of Steve Harmon and Scarlet Films
On the 99th Scriptnotes, John and Craig chat writer-psychotherapy with Dennis Palumbo.
We barely see any comic books, Sci-Fi Fantasy movies or TV shows featuring black girls. Maybe Hollywood and the industry thinks there is no market but trolling the internet will prove them wrong.
Hey guys, I know this is unusual for me because I don’t usually do things like promos, but this blog really deserves more recognition. She is a screenwriter who provides valuable resources and insights on writing and the writing business, not just having to do with screenwriting and movies….
Too funny! Watch for the name of the Sergeant and the password!
In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their very foundations. A “problem” appears near the end of the first act; and, in the second act, the conflict generated by this problem takes center stage. Conflict is used to create reader involvement even by many post-modern writers, whose work otherwise defies traditional structure.
The necessity of conflict is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general—arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.