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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Narrative Flow


Question. Do you feel that every scene in a screenplay has to have a particular function? Meaning, scenes are set-up to move the story ahead. Every scene, in theory, should take you to the next scene to create the narrative flow. Is there room for scene to just be? To illustrate an environment or a relationship. It's something I come across in my writing every now and then and I'm curious what the consensus is. Discuss...

4 Comments:

Blogger Fun Joel said...

Good stuff (in general), man. Looks like you got blogging about this stuff JUST a bit before me, and we have taken a slightly different angle. But good to see the collection of things you have going here. Keep it up!

10:16 AM  
Blogger William said...

Thanks for stopping by. I know I'm not the only one out there doing this. There are plenty of filmmaking/screenwriting blogs. LA and Canada seem to be well represented. I'm just trying to reflect on my experiences in NYC as I meet people and make more films, write more screenplays. It's my home and always has been.

I hear you on the comments thing. I would like more people to comment on the postings. You can't live in a vacuum. The hits on the site meter are cool but feedback is always nice. Just a matter of time, I guess. In the future I will be adding more interviews with writers, producers and filmmakers. I would like to have a mix of original content, links and stuff regarding my work. Hopefully it will all come together.

What I'm noticing is that books are great to learn what you need to learn but these blogs are really the place to come if you want to know what's going on in the industry NOW by people who are doing it. I hope more follow.

I saw your blog last week linked from a Thinking Writer comment. Looks good!

Come by often. Good luck!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Cathy Rubey said...

Hey there. Screenwriter from Chicago. I can happily validate your desire to "illustrate" with a scene for the sake of illustration only. I think it's a perk or fringe benefit of being respected...non-produced writers don't get that perk, unless they make their own project.

I enjoy your blog. Check mine out not far away: sundancereport.blogspot.com.

Go get 'em!
Cathy

5:08 PM  
Blogger William said...

Thanks for the validation. I could use some validation right about now. Stay tuned, I will address this with a follow up posting.

Thanks again for stopping by.

12:00 PM  

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