Film Courage: In what way can a screenwriter ruin a scene?
Adam Skelter, writer, director, story artist: It’s almost easier to ask what way they can fix it because there’s so many many ways to ruin it. I mean there’s lots of ways to do something badly, you know?
Some of the most typical ways are just exposition, just using the straight I’m going to explain exactly what I want. Often if the dialogue is directly proportionate to the desires like somebody that walks around and says I want this glass of water. I want to shake your hand…I want. You know when their action is directly proportionate to what they are saying it tends to get bad. You’re not revealing anything to the character and you’re not exposing, you’re not emotionally engaging.
Although there was a really exception to that. Did you see THE KILLING OF THE SACRED DEER?
Film Courage: No I wanted to! I was watching the trailer and I think I missed the window at The Laemmle and I wanted to see it.
Adam: It’s so…I loved it! He’s an excellent filmmaker and he did this thing where he is breaking all the rules (there’s no rules, whatever). But this assumption of having characters say exactly what they want, exactly what is on their mind and delivering it in this kind of deadpan way and it does it in such a way that is incredibly intriguing and I still can’t wrap my brain around it. I’m still trying to understand why it was so effective but I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.
It’s Colin Farrell walking around with this kid [actors Barry Keoghan] talking about the importance of watches and the importance…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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