Category Archives: Ian Kennedy

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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INSIGHTS – Sociopaths in Scripts: What really makes people (and characters) ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ (or sometimes just brilliant) – PART ONE

Part One: What is a Sociopath and what’s it got to do with writing? What really makes people (and characters) ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ (or sometimes just brilliant) and what’s it got to do with writing? By Ian Kennedy, WriteMovies Director of World Wide Development. I was lent a fascinating pop-psychology book last year which really

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What your scripts have been telling us: January to June 2016

Insights: Genre and what it really tells us

By Ian Kennedy, WriteMovies Director of World Wide Development:   Genre is so often key to convincing producers, and audiences, to take an interest in your story. Yet at the same time, I hear lots of writers and viewers complaining about formulaic, predictable, derivative stories that lack originality and interest precisely because of their adherence

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