You’re A Storyteller Using Found Objects

In documentary films, you’re a storyteller using found objects. You still have to have a story arc and all the elements that make a good story. It really helped me mature as a storyteller.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Garth Stein Quotes (Author of The Art of Racing in the Rain). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/194531.Garth_Stein [Accessed 7 Dec. 2019].

Storytelling Is Joke-Telling

Storytelling is joke-telling. It’s knowing your punchline, your ending. Knowing that everything you’re saying from the first sentence to the last is leading to a singular goal.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Andrew Stanton Quotes (Author of Finding Nemo). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3142503.Andrew_Stanton [Accessed 3 Dec. 2019].

The Torture Is Working The Idea Out

To me, the torture is getting the idea, working the idea out — its general plot, structure and story. But once I know that, I can write a screenplay in two, three weeks. It’s the difference between writing it and writing it down. It becomes pleasurable for me and flows easily because I’ve done all the spade work beforehand.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Woody Allen Quotes (Author of Without Feathers). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/10356.Woody_Allen [Accessed 1 Dec. 2019].

The Main Question In Drama

The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always, ‘What does the protagonist want?’ That’s what drama is. It comes down to that. It’s not about theme, it’s not about ideas, it’s not about setting, but what the protagonist wants.

Goodreads.com. (2019). David Mamet Quotes (Author of Glengarry Glen Ross). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/7711.David_Mamet [Accessed 30 Nov. 2019].

I Can Never Read A Book Or See A Movie I Wrote

I can never read this book, just like I can never see a movie that I wrote a screenplay for. I can read it and see it physically, but I can’t accurately judge it. I’m too close to it. If I read it ten times I’ll have ten different reactions.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Richard Price Quotes (Author of Lush Life). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/16481.Richard_Price [Accessed 12 Oct. 2019].

Feel Like An Artist When Writing A Novel

I prefer to write novels because, well, I’m a novelist. I feel like an artist when I’m writing a novel, when I’m working on a screenplay I feel like a craftsman.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Richard Price Quotes (Author of Lush Life). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/16481.Richard_Price [Accessed 12 Oct. 2019].