A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
The essence of dramatic form is to let an idea come over people without it being plainly stated. When you say something directly, it is simply not as potent as it is when you allow people to discover it for themselves.
In honor of what would have been Stanley Kubrick's 85th birthday, the British Film Institute has published an excellent article on the groundbreaking writer/director, as well as a little-known list of his ten favorite films.
The Writer: Stanley Kubrick is widely considered one of the best writers and directors of all time and is particularly respected for his ability to master an obscenely wide range of film genres. His films range from suspense (The Shining) to science fiction (2001: A Space Odyssey) to comedy (Dr. Strangelove). James Cameron has said... Continue Reading →
Quinn Steers of WhatCulture recently put together a list of the five greatest screenwriters of all time.
The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.