08.02.2009 - Anne Carey, Peter Cowie, Sir David Hare, Daniela Thomas
Writing a novel screenplay is an adventurous journey, a process that begins with your imagination and ends with a story structure and script. What takes place in between embodies the art and craft of scriptwriting.
This is the phase when you explore, clarify and focus your story, and figure out what’s really at stake in the film. The key turning points in a script draw people into the film, setting the entire story in motion or giving the plot a new critical direction. Acclaimed English playwright, screenwriter, theatre and film director, Sir David Hare wrote and directed the films Wetherby (1985) which bagged him the Golden Bear at the 1985 Berlinale, Paris by Night (1988) and Strapless (1989), amongst others.
He is the scriptwriter of two Stephen Daldry films including The Reader (selected for the Berlinale 2009) for which he is nominated for an Academy Award. Daniela Thomas, acclaimed scriptwriter and director, she has worked with Walter Salles on a number of films including Foreign Land (1995) and most recently Linha de Passe (2008). The two writer/directors discuss with eminent independent film producer and co-founder of the production company This Is That, Anne Carey, the underlying dynamics of turning points in scriptwriting.
Carey’s film portfolio comprises films such as The Savages and Thumbsucker (executive producer), which premiered at the 2005 Berlinale. Together the experts look at different ways in which turning points could be brought into a storyline and how to continue after the climax of a story.