Category Archives: Writing Insights

Why Hollywood is ready for subtle storytelling at last. Part 3: The ARRIVAL of a new, subtler wave in cinema?

In the cases of MOONLIGHT and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, personally I appreciated them more than I enjoyed them! I can see why they were successful and critically acclaimed, but they never fully won me over. I took more of an interest in the film ARRIVAL, a film that applies similar subtlety in its storytelling

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Why Hollywood is ready for subtle storytelling at last. Part 2: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA’s complex Protagonist

We delve into what MANCHESTER BY THE SEA storytelling and narrative techniques were implemented to make this film a subtle success. Spoilers alert… this article will discuss the outcomes of the story in order to demonstrate how and why it works. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA tells the story of a withdrawn and passive protagonist, Lee

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WriteMovies Writing Tips – Robert McKee and being secure as a writer

“Secure writers don’t sell first drafts. They patiently rewrite until the script is as director-ready, as actor-ready as possible. Unfinished work invites tampering, while polished, mature work seals its integrity.” – Robert McKee This is so true for everyone, especially those involved in our contests. For those of you who missed out on the Semi-Finals

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Why Hollywood is ready for subtle storytelling at last. Part 1: Shedding some MOONLIGHT on subtle characterization and storytelling.

Watching several of the most acclaimed movies of the last year, one thing that really stood out to me was how subtle and low-key they were. MOONLIGHT, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, and ARRIVAL have a lot of differences, but they’re all more subtle scripts than we’re used to seeing at the cinema. Their success points

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WriteMovies Writing Tips: Writing Beyond the First Page

These WriteMovies Writing Tips will help with your struggles to go beyond the first part of the script – the stumbling block can often be going further.. “They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited ‘first chapters’. I have

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John Sullivan’s 2017 Oscars Reaction