Story Instincts Of A New Writer – What’s Right And Wrong? by West Liang
Film Courage: This is a weird question but I’m just going to ask it. Has your intuition ever failed you? Because I get the sense that you trust your intuition and you really go off instinct when it comes to certain things.
West Liang: That’s a really, really difficult question to answer because all of the storytellers and all the artists out there know (especially in LA), there is this weird push and pull between your own intuition and then also this other thing of feedback. People will tell you “That won’t sell” or “That doesn’t translate” or “These are the rules” or “You don’t do that.” I think my initial kind of primal intuition has always been a little bit more rebellious. I don’t like authority. I don’t like being told “You can’t do this.” I’ve always been interested in some things that are left-of-center, per se. So I think my intuition has been challenged so many times because people will come and say “That doesn’t really work” or “That is not how you do it.”
It’s been an interesting journey or struggle because I do think that somewhere along the way because filmmaking is a collaborative process and you have to open yourself up to suggestions and different perspectives but at the same time I do think that storytellers and artists and filmmakers, or whoever, actors or writers, you have to open (watch the video on Youtube here).
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