Film Courage: What makes for a good story?
Writer/Instructor and Script Consultant Shannan E. Johnson (The Professional Pen): I think anything can make for a good story. Most people will not agree with me. But because I think structure matters, I think anything can make a good story.
Also, any of us who have gone to the movies and seen something really terrible like How did that get here? So that means there is an audience for everything. I don’t have to like it. Somebody else is at home looking at it thinking it’s the best thing they have ever seen. It’s subjective, it’s a subjective thing.
When I work with writers, I always tell them Don’t ask me if I like it. It doesn’t matter. It just really doesn’t. Also I am pretty hard to please so I almost never like anything. I don’t mean that I dislike it…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
CONNECT WITH SHANNAN E. JOHNSON
After grad school I became a junior creative executive at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. I was there for the rebrand. Remember Sci Fi? Yeah, not really. Anywho, it was my job to help writers and producers take their ideas from pitch to production. I co-exec’d on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, and more Syfy dramedies. This is how I honed my skill in all stages of the screenwriting process…(read more here).
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