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"When I was a lawyer I learned that if you bleed all of the detail out, then you end up with something that isn’t very compelling. I think that’s another deeper screenwriting technique, which is: if you’re too rigorous and tight with your screenwriting and trying to accomplish so much with your writing, you bleed out all the character work, you bleed out all real details. If you really reduce it to its fundamental components, then you’re going to end up with something that, by necessity, is very generic.
"You have to leave yourself some room for some of those details that make your story live."
Stephen Chin
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"I’ve never had a problem with drawing from life and exaggerating it. I don’t know if there’s something wrong with me but I always feel like any experience I have is fair game. It can work its way into a screenplay verbatim, or it can be bent to what I need it to do or be in the world of the screenplay.
"I have a system of experiencing events and then funnelling them into my tone. So hopefully every scene has a point to it. Everything is moving towards a larger picture while also revealing character and feeling authentic."
Jim Strouse
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“That’s my family, more or less!”
A thoughtful interview with The Hollars screenwriter Jim Strouse on character-driven movies, basing a script on real-life events, and what makes a good story.
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"You have all these ideas – or sometimes facts – and you have to pick the ones that are going to most eloquently tell the story, to hopefully get at the truth, the deeper truth. So choice is involved, and that’s where you have to know where the deeper truth of your story is."
Stephen Chin
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