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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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"I think that real people in true life are the heart of what great screenwriting is. Whether you draw from your own personal experience or you’re privileged enough to go to the real places and meet the real people to get some insight into it, I think being able to tell those things is what elevates from the generic – plucked from the library of tropes on the Internet – and makes it something more alive… original."
Stephen Chin
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How do you write an effective, engaging story? Lisa Cron has the answers!
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