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Change Like all professions screenwriting can, on occasion, be monotonous, repetitive and infuriating, but there’s one thing at the heart of it that means its professionals should be hardened optimists. This is the idea that change can and does happen. It’s a powerful message and links ancient mythology to modern films and will be present for as long as we have and need stories. This cause for optimism is shared by all those that work in film, by its fans and everyone who loves a good story.

Change is buried in the core of story structure. Most of you will know that films follow a three act structure which start with a hero stuck in a status quo. Something is wrong and they may or may not know it, but we the audience are tuned in to see how the hero changes things. They can change themselves, they can change the world or they can change those around them, whatever they change the unsatisfactory status quo is broken. This is quite a basic principle and it’s one that brings hope and optimism to those watching. Seeing an individual over come adversity and great challenges to make their life better is inspiring, even if it’s fictional. This is a key part of the glamour of film and its commercial success as it pulls in the audience eager to see “how they’re going to get out of this one.” Read the rest of this entry »

I thought it was my story?

Instead of writing a long winded blog which would conclude, like all others, that The Dark Knight Rises was not as good as The Dark Knight (duh!) and that Nolan is a victim of his own success after setting the bar so high with TDK, I feel someone needs to draw some attention to a true victim of the film – Bane. Read the rest of this entry »

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