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The Lean Forward Moment: Create Compelling Stories for Film, TV, and the Web by Norman Hollyn

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Chapter Three. Writing

Writing
 

Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic instruments for storytelling.

 
 --TED LANGE

I’m going to start by stating something incredibly obvious: All of filmmaking starts with the idea for the script. Now let’s talk about the implications of that statement.

Different writers start with ideas in different forms. Milos Forman said that he began working on the script for Hair with the visual concept of flaming torches twirling in the dark. This idea became a shot in a tunnel as the lead character, Claude, rode a bus from the Midwest of the United States into the wild world of New York City in the ’60s Age of the Hippies, ...

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