Maryam Rahimi Blogs!
WHERE DO YOU FIND A STORY?
"My attitude is ‘Am I interested, entertained, involved, moved?’ My assumption is that if I’m reacting that way, then other people will too. How many other people? Who knows?” Curtis Hanson
So I’ve been looking for a writer to write a story I have in mind for my first feature (to be delivered for 2020) Yes. It’s big. Very big. International Big.
After putting a couple of postings, I have had some submissions by writers, scripts and so on. While reading some that I find to be good, and others I never made it past the first page, I thought to myself ‘How do I know what is a good story? How do I know if this is a HIT?” I went to read this new chapter in Turmans book & it helped a lot, none the less, I think one develops a good sense for an excellent script after having read dozens and dozens of them. That way, you can differentiate good dialogue, good flow, attractive characters, and most importantly, you understand what better engages an audience into a story.
Here are a couple of pointers from Turman’s book;
“You must be true to yourself. Even if you have a demon inside of you, you must be true to that demon” Federico Fellini
- Hitting the books; Inspiration from novels
- Know our history; Inspiration from the past
- Use your imagination; Harvesting your own ideas
- Friends and family; Inspirations from family life
- Read the headlines: Inspiration from the news
- On stage; Inspiration from theater
- Film scripts; sorting through the slush
“If you want to be a producer, you need to recognize a story. It’s always been that way. There is no secret about it. You can get something out of a drugstore library.” David Brown
“Truth be told, the more mainstream your taste, the greater chances of success – Yours and your films”
“What is it about this story that people are suppose to want to see? Because we’re all in the business o giving pleasure.” Bill Goldman
Tune in again for the next chapter….