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There's an exercise that I often do with my "Write Your Screenplay" students that I call the "Bad Screenplay" exercise. We put a list up on the board of all the students' greatest fears about their writing. We hear all kinds of things: "bad dialogue," "cliché," "redundancy," "no structure..." the list goes on and on, as the white board fills up with increasingly egregious fears.
And then I give my students a challenge: to write a scene that embodies every one of the fears about their writing that we've put up on the board. To strive not for good writing, but for bad writing. In fact, I tell them that if their writing starts to get good, they should look up at the board, find the idea they find most horrifying, and strive to integrate it into their script.
In many ways this is exactly what the Daniels did in the creation of this screenplay. Daniel Kwan has spoken about the fact that he hates fart jokes, hates buddy movies, hates a cappella music, and many of the other fundamental elements of Swiss Army Man.
He built Swiss Army Man out of the things that he hated most in screenplays.
So why would somebody do that?Boston Palestine Film Festival The Boston Palestine Film Festival seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people. Cinema offers a powerful means of interpreting the collective identity. Imperative Entertainment IMPERATIVE ENTERTAINMENT is a next generation entertainment studio focusing on the development, production, and financing of original & branded entertainment across all media. Atlas Awards ALL film and script submissions are guaranteed a professional film review published to Atlas & Aeris Magazine and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Long Island Screenwriters Group (LISG) The LISG functions as a writing resource and supportive environment for writers of all levels. Screenplays are read by professional actors and screenwriters at the monthly meetings. American Film Institute AFI is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. Benefits of Consultants and Networking, with Story Expo Founder
In a short installment of our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts, I interviewed Derek Christopher. Derek has been the go-to guy for the top consultants in the industry for over a decade. By organizing major events, seminars, and speaking arrangements with names such as late great Syd Field, Robert McKee, and Linda Seger, Derek has firsthand experience of how important working with a consultant really is.
Derek also runs and organizes Story Expo. Story Expo is a once-a-year event where writers and storytellers of all kinds gather in Los Angeles not only to network, but to take classes from the top consultants. Specific classes and seminars that are truly applicable and incredibly educational where you own personal writing craft is concerned. Taking place over the weekend of September 11, if you can make it out to Story Expo this year, it will be a can’t miss event. The ISA will happily be joining Derek and if you would like to meet the staffers of the International Screenwriter Association, as well as yours truly, come on out and say hi. You can learn more at www.StoryExpo.comThe Film Collaborative THE FILM COLLABORATIVE is the first non-profit committed to distribution education and facilitation of independent film, offering independent filmmakers full services. 222 Footlight Entertainment We create scripted & unscripted digital content and short films. Both behind & in front of the camera - we are the Footlights #womeninfilm Cinema at the Edge - Independent Film Festival 3 days of screenings, parties & artist programs that celebrates independent filmmaking. A major festival for independent film. The cinema at the edge in Santa Monica, CA is one of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth NFFTY is the world's largest and most influential film festival for emerging directors. In 2015, we screened 248 amazing films from the best filmmakers 24 and younger. Camden International Film Festival Highlighting international documentary filmmaking that shows dedication to craft and a unique / artistic approach to storytelling. Hawaii Film Office We’ve got competitive tax incentives, the only state-owned and operated film studio in the country and a growing list of production facilities, and an experienced pool of crew and talen Boston University College of Communication Students completing the two-year graduate program will earn an MFA in Film (focus in Screenwriting) and be prepared to place, sell, and/or produce their work in the film and television