Category Archives: Ian Kennedy

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 MANCHESTER BY THE SEA tells the story of a withdrawn and passive protagonist, Lee

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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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