Archive for October, 2009

You might not need any memoir writing help, per se, as you know your past and you know quite well how to write, thank you. You might instead just need someone to inspire you, motivate you, give you a nudge–with some memoir writing ideas.

Here are a few prompts to stimulate your memory and to encourage your creativity…of which you have plenty to work with and to share. So do the activities (or at least one), and share them (or it) with loved ones…or with me if you wish. I love reading your memoirs and responding.

Prompt:

Starting on June 17, 1976, Diego and Suzy Goldberg, of Buenos Ares, Argentina, photographed head shots of each member of the family…one day every year. Of course, they started as a family of two–Diego and Suzy–and have over the years created a photo essay that captures their physical growth (and more) over time.

Visit the website and study the photo essay, “Time” (at www.zonezero.com/ magazine/essays/diegotime/time.html).

In words instead of photos, choose one day of your family’s life (starting with your parents or guardians and adding you as a child) and describe what you each look like. Do this for one day every year for as many years as you can.

Prompt:

All art is a response to something–other art, an event in our culture, a moment in history. Look at the photos (on roxannewrites.com or anywhere on the web, and write a page or two of your immediate associations with that picture.

For example, look at the photo of the old 50?s drive-in. What is the first memory that comes up for you? Who was involved? Who was absent and why? What sounds do you recall as predominant that day? What smells were there? What colors do you recall? How did you feel on that day?

Prompt:

At the bottom of the page of my site are two pictures. One is clearly related to the movie theatre, as it features a crowd of men and women (of the 40?s?) standing outside The Dixie Theatre, all facing the camera; and the other has to do with the stage (and movies…later), as it is an artistic rendering of Othello pulling back the bedchamber curtains and peering in at a sleeping Desdemona. Decide what one play or movie influenced you the earliest.

What was the name of the play or film? When did you first see it? What impact did it have on you? For instance, if you and your family were poor and you only saw one movie when you were a kid, maybe you grew up to love movies or work in the movie industry.

Maybe, instead, you saw a play every year with your since deceased uncle, and were inspired to go into theatre or to study literature. Write whatever you want about one movie or play, and then email me with the draft(s) for a response and more encouragement if you wish.

Finished with these prompts?

There are more lessons in Memoir Writing for Our Elders.

Note: The black and white photo below may remind you of something other than your first movie experience. Go for that draft, too!

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Writing Movies: The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays

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“A superb book. Straight, to-the-point, and loaded with facts — this book is a must read!” — Dov S-S Simens – Founder, Hollywood Film Institute and WebFilmSchool.com”Writing Movies gets it all right. You must read this book before you write your first or next screenplay.” — Stuart Beattie – Screenwriter,”Writing Movies gives tons of practical advice, but also acknowledges that writing screenplays is ultimately an artistic endeavor.” — Keith Gordon – Screenwriter/Director, (more…)

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Writing Great Screenplays AFI


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The American Film Institutes bestselling sreenwriting guide is now updated!Only the American Film Institute — the countrys most prestigious film organization — could offer this level of screenwriting expertise! Specially created by a top television programming executive and former instructor at the AFI film school, this bestselling screenwriting guide is now revised and updated to cover the latest techniques for crafting first-rate screenplays for film and TV. Pro… More >>
Writing Great Screenplays AFI

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On the legitimate stage nearly every actor at one time or another writes a play. In the same way, in the movies nearly every actor tries his hand at scenario writing. In fact, many of the most successful playwrights and photodramatists have had stage or screen experience as actors. For this reason, although this series is designed more for those who wish to act than for those who wish to write and although we have already one book on “How to Write Photoplays” nevertheless, a chapter on scenario writing is not out of place.


There is a fine career for any writer in scenario writing if the writer will only take the trouble to study it seriously. There is technique in writing plots and still more technique in adapting those plots to the screen, by writing them into scenario form. Studio experience is of vast benefit to anyone who wishes to write movie stories; and that is where the actor has the advantage over the outsider who tries to write scenarios with no practical knowledge of how movies are really made.


First write your plot into a five hundred or thousand word synopsis, just as you would write it for a maga- zine. Make it brief and clear. Be sure it is based upon action, mental or physical, and try to give real character to your plot people. In choosing your story be sure it has the dramatic quality. It must not be rambling ; and it must have an element of conflict between opposing factors a man and a woman, a woman and her Destiny, or simply Good and Evil which leads up to a crisis in which the matter is fought out and finally settled. Stories which have not these qualities are suitable for novels, perhaps, but not for plays.


It is, as a general rule, inadvisable to try historical stories or stories which require elaborate scenes. Battle stories and stories of the Jules Verne or H. G. Wells type are also difficult to place. The great de- mand to-day is for sane, wholesome stories of modern American life, wherein character is the paramount interest rather than eccentricities of the plot or camera.


Send your story in synopsis form to the scenario editor of the studio which employs the star for whom you think the story is best suited. Send with it a stamped and self -addressed envelope for the return of your script, if it is not suitable for their use. Keep on sending it; don’t be discouraged by rejection slips. You may write dozens of stories and then sell the very first one you wrote.


If the studio buys your story it is well to ask for an opportunity to help write the “continuity,” or scenario form. This is a highly technical but very well paid task, and one which every screen author should learn. The chance to enter the studio and help work out the scenario of your own story is worth trying for.


Scenarios today are more in demand than ever before; but producers are still chary of taking chances on untried amateurs. The amateur author’s greatest success is when he sells his first story. The road is comparatively easy after that. The price paid stories depends upon the reputation of the author and the standing of the company which buys them.


Published stories and novels, and plays which have had a run, bring enormous prices.

The highest paid workers in the movies today are the continuity writers, who put the stories into scenario form and write the “titles” or written inserts. The income of some of these writers runs into hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. It is extraordinarily interesting work and well worth while learning; but unfortunately the technical training for this sort of thing takes as much time as the training necessary to enter any other profession.


Scenario writing does not require great genius. It does require a dramatic insight and certain amount of training. It is the latter factor that most amateurs overlook. If you are to write scenarios, you must take your work as seriously as you would if you were trying to write music or paint pictures.

Malcolm Blake has researched and written about movies and entertainment, including how to get the most from your Zune”>http://zunewallpaper.weebly.com/”>Zune.

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Writing the Short Film, Third Edition

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“…for the more technically minded this weighty tome is invaluable.” – Black Filmmaker”It is a tough call to sell the script of a short film to a film production company, and your script needs to be outstanding both in concept and execution. If you are a scriptwriter who aims to tackle this tough brief, then here is the book to help you.” – Writing Magazine

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One of the few screenwriting books on the challenging short-form genre

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