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Saturday, March 18, 2006

No Outline, No Index Cards

Nicole Holofcener has made her way in and out of the "system" over the past ten years as a busy writer/director. I think her first feature Walking and Talking is a fine example of one of the 90's more relevant independent romantic comedies that had heart without being vapid and cliche. In this Hollywood Reporter interview she talks about the power of the "shitty first draft" and writing her new feature Friends With Money for Nicole the Director. It's a nice little piece that rarely taps into that battle one has with writing a screenplay for oneself to eventually direct. I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for process. I really like reading about how other people "do it" especially those who are "doing it".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

read ur reply to my commetns in

...between classes and projects at my film school, i write. but there is always a nagging anxiety when i write...not about someone appreciating my story/my characters but rather what is the story doing to me....how is it effecting me...i realise so much about myself when i write...i kind of like it.

i also cant imgagine writing anything that has not happend to me....i first have to experience my story ..otherwise i feel i am writng the impossible!!!...

by the way what does a image assembler do?

please do visit my bog. just opened one...



1:53 AM  
Blogger William said...

A couple of things here:

liking what you are writing is important. You won't always like it all the time but if you have a connection and a vision of something you are trying to create and you feel very strong about it that's even better. Personally, there has to be a strong connection to the material for me. Writing a solid screenplay takes time, I think the more time the better. It also depends on what you want to do with the material. Do you just want to sell it or do you want to see it to the end? The approaches are different as you might find in this link about Nicole Holofcener.

Gaining experience in life is important. Having things to write about is important too. So when you say that you need to experience your story or you can't write it you should look at that from many angles. One day you might not want to be the subject. You might want to write about corruption in government or what it means to have three jobs and raise a family. You will change and your writing will hopefully change for the better. Don't restrict yourself by rules even the ones you create in your head. There are plenty of guidelines out there, use them. Create your own strategies for your career.

Image Assembler=Editor. That's the day gig, editing video/motion graphics in my studio.

Good luck!

6:43 PM  
Blogger oneslackmartian said...

I wish I were a genius storyteller who didn’t have to plan anything. I’m sure Dickens and Shakespeare didn’t study structure, it just oozed out of their quills.

3:20 PM  
Blogger William said...


I'm not sure if they studied structure as we know it but I'm pretty sure they planned.

12:34 AM  

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