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"Fictional narratives supply us with a mental catalog of the fatal conundrums we might face someday and the outcomes of strategies we could deploy in them – Not only do we crave story, but we have very specific hardwired expectations for every story we read, even though — and here’s the kicker — chances are next to nil that the average reader could tell you what those expectations are." - Lisa Cron
"If you have a leap of faith that is underpowered where you're questioning it as you leap, you don't get to the other side. You can't leap without complete and absolute willingness to die for your want."
~ Bruce Joel Rubin
The most relevant and enduring questions in the evolution and evaluation of screen-stories-that-matter are WHERE'S THE DRAMA? and WHY DO I CARE? Yet the creation of fresh, surprising and compelling screen narratives - with some notable exceptions - is uncommon. Why is this? And what can be done about it?
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"To be human is to be a story-telling animal. It is in our DNA to make up stories about what we want, and why we want it, or need it and can't live without it, and what or who is frustrating our best efforts to have it and why. And this becomes our story, our script, complete with a supporting cast of characters that make their entrances and exits. Through stories we strive, vicariously, to possess, use, fix and control all that we desire, anxious about the risks but unable to stop the wanting. Wanting to live and live more fully without ever suspecting that it is the wanting that kills us. We enact our story in response to a primordial incompleteness, searching for something to fill the emptiness, when all along we ARE the emptiness, longing to be destroyed by whatever it is that can fill it."
- Billy Marshall Stoneking
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