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Monday, May 12, 2008

Where do ideas come from? Other clip.

Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, journeying through her childhood and family history and into the worlds of physics and chance, looking for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride with a surprise ending.

Although a novelist she also did an uncredited rewrite on The Replacement Killers at the request of Mira Sorvino.

Amy says that in her writing uncertainty is key. But I wonder, in scriptwriting, if the opposite is true. That we are tasked by the audience to lift the contrast of life - to make grey shades more defined, maybe even black and white.

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deepstructure said...

i've been thinking a lot lately about the difference between screenplays and say, books. and definitely film seems to be more suitable to a pairing down, a simplifying of story-telling - one without all the accoutrements.

i don't know if moral simplicity, a clear division of black and white is included in that.

Tim Clague said...

I agree. I don't think moral simplicity is a given. But it seems to happen.