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Friday, December 09, 2005

Q. I've written a thriller that hinges on [scientific discovery]. With [scientific discovery] being in the news, will this make my script useless, or will my script be topical because the science is in the news.
Hopefully, what you've written is a compelling thriller with moral and emotional undercurrents. [Scientific discovery] may be in the news. But it's just bald science and procedure. What makes a great movie is a great story that puts one compelling character through storm and stress. The science being in the news probably helps since it makes readers pick your script out of the stack. And, if you're the first script about it, it may amount to a hook. What gets your script actually made is a great story. Science will never trump a great story. We use stories to make sense of our changing world.

2 Comments:

I could have submitted this question, with the proviso that my scientific discovery has not been (and probably never will be )made. My follow up, though, is on Alex's favorite topic, the hook. Is the hook the intriguing, though mythical, scientific discovery, or in my case, the much more complex personal and societal issues that the scientific discovery helps reveal? To complicate matters further (we are in search of complications, right?) my story also includes a supernatural element that counters the scientific premise.

By Blogger Marc in MD, at 10:51 AM  

Well, that sounds intriguing, Marc. I hope you can sell whatever it is you're working on.

By Blogger Kelly J. Compeau, at 1:26 PM  

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