How Does A Writer Know The Beginning Of A Story? by Matthew Kalil

Film Courage: How does a writer know the beginning of their story?

Matthew Kalil, Screenwriter/Author/Instructor: The beginning is a very difficult time as DUNE the movie begins (which David Lynch made). He hates the movie but here is the quote in the beginning. She says The beginning is a very delicate time. The beginning of a story is the most important part I think.

The first 15 minutes any issues you have with your story it’s all going to eventually work back to the first 15-to-10 minutes of your story. It really is a difficult time.

I think it’s when you first write your story chances are you’re going to rewrite the beginning so you are going to get into some sort of a structural mess and then at some point…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Bio: Matthew Kalil is a writer, director and script editor. He has written and co-written over 40 produced episodes of TV and has received various grants, development funding and awards. Matthew’s productions have been screened and broadcast in Canada, Denmark, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom. Since receiving his MA in Screenwriting, he has been teaching, writing and mentoring students for close to 20 years. Matthew has developed a unique system of screenwriting theory that helps beginners as well as established screenwriters get in touch with their creative cores. His workshops have touched and inspired thousands of participants. His gentle and insightful script editing guidance has helped many writers realize the stories they were always trying to tell.

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