Tuesday, 20 January 2009
DON'T GO IN BLIND.
the meme about what writers are best/worst at revealed that lots of us fret about structure. Go here to FEEDBLITZ to read Joss Whedon's top ten tips.
Structure means knowing where you’re going; making sure you don’t meander about. Some great films have been made by meandering people, like Terrence Malick and Robert Altman, but it’s not as well done today and I don’t recommend it. I’m a structure nut. I actually make charts. Where are the jokes? The thrills? The romance? Who knows what, and when? You need these things to happen at the right times, and that’s what you build your structure around: the way you want your audience to feel. Charts, graphs, coloured pens, anything that means you don’t go in blind is useful.