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"Just think of any day that you live and all the conflicting thoughts and feelings that you have, the chaotic jumble. You’ve got to try to catch that and harness it to some degree for all of your characters."
Jim Strouse
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"I always tell my students, you don’t have to write an autobiography. I’m not saying you need to strictly write stories about 19-year-olds going to film school, but ideally you’ve got to be in there somewhere. If you’re not, then you’ll borrow from things you’ve seen and that just becomes a facsimile of a facsimile. And there are definitely no recognizable human behavior in those types of things."
Jim Strouse
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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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