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Writer's Advice. 3-Act Structure. Script Sample. Martin Scorsese Breaks Down the Difference Between Story & Plot. What is story?

Martin Scorsese Breaks Down the Difference Between Story & Plot

What is plot? What is the sound of one hand clapping? Who knows? While story and plot might seem, at first, to be synonymous, in fact they are two different things entirely, and if you’re a beginning screenwriter or filmmaker, it can be tough to sift through all of the contradictory information that’s out there in the ten billion screenwriting books to figure out which is which and why. It’s a tricky question, but never fear, because that cinephile unrivaled, Martin Scorsese, is here to straighten matters out.

In this clip from an episode of the show Dinner for Five, Scorsese holds forth on why he’s more a fan of story than plot, and what he thinks the differences are: “The films that I constantly revisited or saw repeatedly held up longer for me over the years not because of plot but because of character, and a very different approach to story.” What Makes a Character Sympathetic? This Video Essay from Screentakes Explains. One of the most challenging aspects of screenwriting is creating multidimensional characters that your audience can identify with, relate to, and be entertained by.

What Makes a Character Sympathetic? This Video Essay from Screentakes Explains

Many times when I get hung up I ask myself, and maybe you do too, “Is my character likable enough to make the audience want to root for him/her throughout the entire story?” Summer School’s in Session: Welcome to Hulu Summer Film School. Whether they’re transporting us into a world of fantasy or revealing a deeper truth of our present moment, great films have a way of touching our hearts and changing how we look at the world.

Summer School’s in Session: Welcome to Hulu Summer Film School

Using elements such as sound, cinematography, and lighting, filmmakers are able to tell powerful stories and create moments that are unforgettable. This summer, we’ll be examining these elements of filmmaking through some of the films that employ them best. Each week we’ll be posting a playlist of films related to a filmmaking technique along with supplemental content designed to give you an in-depth look behind the making of some of your favorite films. So sit back, relax, and explore the wonders of cinema through some of the medium’s most iconic works. Hulu Summer Film School is officially in session. All great movies start with a great story. Required Viewing: Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Eric Roth Takes You on a Tour of His Writing Process. If you're going to learn about the process of screenwriting, it might as well be from an Academy Award winner.

Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Eric Roth Takes You on a Tour of His Writing Process

In this short Academy Originals interview, Eric Roth (Forest Gump, The Insider, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) shares everything about his process, from where he prefers to work to the computer program he uses that no longer exists. Every writer has their own process -- some prefer waking up at the crack of dawn and working in an office, while others prefer working on their couch in their pajamas until the sun comes up. (I like to keep it classy.) You Are Not a Storyteller. A video has been making the rounds that seems to have quite a few people riled up.

You Are Not a Storyteller

FITC Events, a company that puts together conferences and seminars around topics like technology, business, and design, sat down with designer Stefan Sagmeister to discuss his thoughts on the idea of storytelling. Essentially he said that if you’re not in the business of telling actual stories, you shouldn’t be calling yourself a storyteller, and that those people who do tell stories, don’t necessarily see themselves that way — though he uses a bit more colorful language in his response in the video: And some background on Stefan: Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum.

Having been nominated eight times, he finally won two Grammy Awards for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. How to Make the Perfect Sundance Film. Hoping to make a film that will play at Sundance?

How to Make the Perfect Sundance Film

Take Ted Hope's advice — he's had twenty-three. Our ten-step formula for how to make a Sundance film comes from veteran producer (and Fandor CEO) Ted Hope, who recently released his first book, Hope For Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema Revolutions. While the (public) deadline for submissions to the Sundance Film Festival just passed, there are surely many filmmakers still working feverishly on their cuts (whether they garnered an extension, or whether they submitted a rough cut that still needs work).

And if you're just at the planning stages for a film, it's an even better time to take the advice of the producer who holds a Sundance record for Grand Jury Prizes: three of his twenty-three Sundance entries won the coveted award (American Splendor (2003), The Brothers McMullen (1995), and What Happened Was... (1994)). No producer has won more. <世界著名電影劇本選> <外國電影劇本叢刊> <中國電影劇本選集> <海默電影劇本選集 > <花橋榮記 : 電影劇本與拍攝紀事>