Film Courage: Where does the creation of a great story begin?
Scott Myers, Screenwriter/Creator of Gointothestory.blcklst.com:I think it varies from story to story, from writer to writer.
I’ve interviewed so many of them. Some of them start with a theme. I don’t do that. A central theme of a story will emerge over time. But some people start off with a thematic point of view.
A lot of people start that I’ve interviewed (and this is more where I’m at), they start off with a character or characters. I think that works because if the character is interesting and you can mine that, then that’s where people can find those points of connection. Some start off with a story concept.
Every April (for 30 days) I collect stories along the way in my computer and then I just run one each day and I say Okay, so here’s the basis of this news article. What would we do if this were a movie? And get people to think about this. I’d say What would we do if this were a drama? What if we did this as a thriller?
Like I just heard this on the way over. This is amazing. So a guy is at…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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