Sunday, June 12, 2011

How Stanley Kubrick Would Write It

I wrote a scene last night. I re-read it this morning. It is clear, concise, and moves the story along. But I'm un-happy with it. It needs "something". So, I'm sitting here thinking about it, and the thought suddenly hits me: "What would Stanley Kubrick do?".

The answer, of course, is that he would do what he was notorious for, which is to shoot another take. He would just keep re-shooting until he got a take that spoke to him on some fundamental, artistic level. He was always looking for the actor to bring something different--something unique--to a scene. I think this is why his films all have an other-worldly vibe to them (which I love and which is why he is my favorite director).

I aspire to have every scene in my novels be interesting and unique. It's not enough, in my mind, for a scene to just move the story along. So I guess it's back to the drawing board for this particular scene. One of the characters needs to step it up! The director will just keep re-shooting until it's done right.

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