Be careful with the language
Language can be changed for the government’s purpose. Don’t be fool by the way of using language cause words can deceive us more than we expect. Let’s take an example.
In the last week of December, around 21th to 28, 29th , the Jew says: “Happy Hanukkah.” They call it The week of Light. But the Catholic says: “Merry Christmas” on 24th in this week too. The Jew doesn’t say “Merry Christmas” because they are not the Catholic. If we say “Merry Christmas”, we accidentally lead ourself to Catholicism even we’re not the Catholic. Therefore, in America right now, everyone just say: “Happy holiday.” This general greeting can include everyone, not just one who is the Catholic. This greeting expresses the equality among the different human races in America.
“Happy holiday” is the right greeting with the original purpose of this holiday. The reason that people need to have this winter holiday is due to the harshness of winter; they want to rest, they want to celebrate because they can pass half of the winter. It’s human ritual. When the government controls over the country with specific culture, festival, especially holiday, they can’t diminish them because people will be angry and they can make the revolution to subvert the government. Therefore, the government doesn’t destroy the culture rituals but they rename it, they call them with the name can remind people of the government. That’s the reason why we have the same winter holiday with many different names all over the world such as: “Merry Christmas” for the Catholic, “Happy Hanukkah” for the Jew, etc… In Vietnam, there is a famous verse about Ho Chi Minh like that: “Tháp Mười đẹp nhất bông sen./ Việt Nam đẹp nhất có tên Bác Hồ.” It means that in Thap Muoi, lotus is the most beautiful thing; in Vietnam, the most beautiful thing is Uncle Ho’s name.
In general, language is just the game of the government, the deceit of the authority, the prison confines us. We have to analyze it carefully and deconstruct it to realize its nature.
Make decision as least as possible
Kay doesn’t want too many time to think about what she will wear today but she also doesn’t want the clothes she wears look so clumsy. Therefore, she preselects the clothes in one week. That’s the way she doesn’t think too much at the beginning of the day. Besides, she prefers moving on the same route day by day to thinking about different route even it’s shorter than the route that she is familiar with. She likes to eat/drink the same old thing at her favourite restaurant/coffee shop. She dislikes to discover the new restaurant, think about what she will eat or drink. The reason for all these things is she wants to make decision as least as possible in a day. She said that the part of human’s brain for decision times in a day is a limited number. It’s just like a lake that everytime we make a decision, the water in that lake becomes gradually dry and when there is no water, we can’t decide anything anymore. Or we can say it’s just like the card that we write down our decision on it and we throw it after we finish. Our brain can’t discriminate between important decisions and insignificant decisions. Therefore, whenever we decide anything, our brain just throw the decision card. Let’s imagine that we just have 200 cards for decision in a day, we will realize the cost of each decision, we will acknowledge the important of making decision as least as possible in a day. Therefore, Kay doesn’t want to make decision for insignificant things in a day, she wants to use the limited cards for making important decisions when she writes such as: can she let her favourite character die, the progress or the beat sheet of the script, etc… People says that maybe it’s also the reason why Mark Zukerberg keep wearing the grey T-shirt, eating the same food, drinking the same drink day by day.
Snow flakes method
Firstly, draw a triangle with each of peak is one act.
Secondly, try to think between one point to another point, what happened? After that, draw a triangle from this point to that point with the new peek is what happened that have just thought.
Lastly, keep doing like that until thinking that the story is finished.
5 Whys to find a resolution
Firstly, write down the problem that one wants to solve.
Secondly, ask oneself about why the problem happened.
Thirdly, when having the answer for the previous question, continue to ask oneself about why it (the answer) happened.
Fourthly, keep asking like that until we have five answers.
Lastly, most of the time, we will realize that the final answer is the resolution for the first problem that we want to solve.
Let’s take an example.
The problem that I want to solve
My weakest point when I’m writing is details for events or character. The details are not much, not lively enough.
5 Why questions
Why am I weak in detail?
I’m lack of experience.
Why am I lack of experience?
Why am I timid?
I’m afraid of being hurt by others.
Why am I afraid of being hurt by others?
I’m afraid of not coming over the hurt.
Why am I afraid of not coming over the hurt?
I have a quite good memory.
5 answers or 5 problems we have
- I’m lack of experience.
- I’m timd.
- I’m afraid of being hurt by others.
- I’m afraid of not coming over the hurt.
- I have a quite good memory.
Then, we realize that the final answer “I have a quite good memory” is also the resolution for the problem that I want to solve “I weak in detail.” You see? It’s so miracle. We already have the resolution for ourself, all we can do is keep asking ourself again and again, at least five times ask why, we have the resolution.
The final answer is the most essential problem. We don’t have to solve the problem in first, second, third, fourth answer. We just need to focus on the final answer to solve the problem that we pointed out. But the other answers somehow makes us realize the reason for our problem. In my situation, Kay said that because I’m afraid of being hurt by others, all I should do is forgiving those who hurt me and just let many people hurt me; then, when I get enough the quantity, I will be accustomed to being hurt, I won’t be afraid of it anymore.
4 ways of solving a situation when writing
The bed scene in The English patient when the Count create the name for his lover’s body. But at the end of the film, we know it is the wrong name. The way he create the name not only express his love but also let the audience know about his possessiveness which is also right for him because he is the Count. This is the artistic way and the relevant, not cliché way.
In Vietnam, film-makers often choose the cliché way and they are even limited by money. Therefore, some Vietnamese films are not good because the audience can guess the plot easily. If we are not limited by money, the film will be better even in its cliché way. But since we are both limited by money and choose the cliché way at the same time, our commercial films are so bad. The solution is we have to aim at the relevant, not cliché way. That’s the solution for our present condition. After we master the relevant way, somehow we can manage the author/artistic way.
When editing movie, try to imagine the large screen that this movie will be showed in theater. By this way, we can prevent ourself from having too much close-up scene that really not essential. Too much close-up scene can make the audience feel the frame so narrow, that narrowness makes them feel annoying, somehow it can distract the audience’s concentration because sometimes watching the actor’s too close makes them can see clearly the skin, even the pimple on the actor’s face, something of the kind, etc… Therefore, we have to show the audience long shots, medium shots alternated. It also the reason when a movie has too much close-up, extreme close-up scenes, it easily become to a drama. As we know, the dramas are broadcasted on television, nowadays, we have online dramas which we can watch on any device with internet; television or any home device is smaller many times than the cinema screen. Therefore, in drama, there are so many close-up scenes and too much close-up scenes don’t make any significantly bad effect to the audience. Sometimes, they even want to watch more close-up scenes in drama to look the actor’s face closely.
Three ways for transition from writer to script writer
- Film knowledge about script writing (of course), filming, directing, acting, producing. Have to manage beat sheet.
- Don’t afraid of writing and rewriting again so many times.
- 80-20 rule: At first, just use 20% strength for 80% content. Don’t need to write perfectly at the first time because we have to rewrite so many times in script writing even though the script is good enough. After the first time draft, use 80% strength for fixing, polishing 20% content which is not good.
Use cards to manage scenes and beat sheet. Every scene has its own beat sheet.
March 11, 2016