Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Saving Story

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Maybe Shyamalan was on to something... or not. Interesting article in last week’s New York Times about the sad state of storytelling. There is an unfortunate trend of big special effects strong-arming story into a corner, but I don’t believe we need an updated “Hero’s Journey" for today’s ADD audiences.

Screenwriting is more art than science -- which is why everyone thinks they can do it. Maybe if writers were given more respect, there would be better stories. Of course, better stories don’t always translate into box office success... is Hollywood willing to take that risk?

2 comments:

The Moviequill said...

there's bound to be a fallout on CGI heavy movies eventually isn't there? or is James Cameron's new groundbreaking robotic actor or whatever the heck he's doing going to be the new trend?

screamwriter said...

The tanking economy might slow things down a bit, but audiences can't seem to get enough of these monsters. I don't know what to make of "Avatar". Heard a lot of good things about the visuals, but little on the story...

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