Saturday, November 22, 2014

Character-based screen stories are always subject to – and not uncommonly subverted by – the needs and fears of those whose job it is to tell them, namely, screenwriters, directors, producers, and others, and whose extra-narrative agendas often unconsciously work to confound or distort the story and story-finding process in ways that trivialise the emotional energies that might otherwise encourage, motivate and empower the characters. There are no handy methods or sure-fire techniques for dealing with of neutralising these destructive fears and anxieties. Indeed, the application of method can become an insidious strategy for disguising and maintaining the fear, and if allowed to operate unchecked and uncriticised will constantly stand between the storyteller and the story that is seeking to get itself told.

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