If you immerse yourself in the world of film, it’s like a Gestalt experience where you begin to grasp intuitively scene composition, story structure, character functions, dialogue and subtext, transitions and pacing, and so on.
Let me add this: It’s important to see movies as they get released so that you stay on top of the business.
Another in our bi-weekly series in which we analyze movies currently in release. To quote the writing mantra I coined over 5 years ago: Watch movies. Moreover people who work in the movie business constantly reference existing movies when discussing stories you write; it’s a shorthand way of getting across what they mean or envision.
Every movie you see is a potential reference point for your writing, everything from story concepts you generate to characters you develop to scenes you construct.
Though he persistently resists and fights them, Andy is beaten and raped on a regular basis.
Red pulls some strings and gets Andy and a few of their mutual friends a break by getting them all on a work detail tarring the roof of one of the prison’s buildings.
Our schedule for discussion this week: Monday: General Comments Tuesday: Plot Wednesday: Characters Thursday: Themes Friday: Dialogue Saturday: Takeaways For those of you who have not seen the movie, do not click MORE as we will be trafficking in major spoilers.
But seriously, if you haven’t seen In 1947, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a banker in Maine, is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, a golf pro.
He is given two life sentences and sent to the notoriously harsh Shawshank Prison.
Andy always claims his innocence, but his cold and measured demeanor led many to doubt his word.