I love Michael Clayton, and love Arthur Edens as a character. What I found so connecting was Arthur’s connection with the book and Michael’s son. That straight empathy/curiosity that Wilkinson brought was amazing, and despite at times being almost childlike, it’s directness was true. If you couldn’t tell, I love the movie!
I’ve found it easier to figure out theme first, even more so than a strict outline. I’ve had a handful of projects reach page 70 or 80 then the thought of “what now?” occurs, leaving me wondering where to go next or what would happen next. Also, having a strong grip on theme helps the story flow out organically for me. Ive had projects without a…
A lot of what I wanted to say I found in the comments archive, so I’ll be brief. But what keeps me motivated is the decision I made that writing will always be a part of my life. I’ll always try to tell a story, or find ways to execute the story that’s been sitting on my mind for years. As I get older (I’m 30 now) I find that those old ideas are…
Thank you for the feedback! I’m going through a little phase with the question response to questions. I think it’s the humanities studies coming out of me! Also, thank you for the reminder about the cigarette. It’s good to be reminded of the visual aides. Thanks again for the response. It’s truly appreciated. -Jonathan Reyes
EXT. MOUNTAINSIDE — DAY
All we see is the bottom part of a jaw, a cigarette, and a lighter coming to meet it.
A spark, a flame, the deep inhale of momentary relaxation.
MAN (O.S.): May I have a smoke?
Thank you for this. Not only have I had scripts that were flat out crappy stories, but it helps when love ones go through defeats as well. Long story short, just found out my girlfriend hit a major roadblock in achieving a dream she had since she was six years old. Perfect timing to read this. Thanks!