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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An Introduction to Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling by Scott Myers
Scott Myers has written thirty projects at nearly every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. He hosts GoIntoTheStory.com, which Writers’ Digest named “Best of the Best Scriptwriting Website.” An assistant professor at DePaul University, USA, Scott is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale University Divinity School, USA.
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