THE PLOT OF YOUR LIFE by Ernest Thompson ~ You have one, correct? I know you have a life; you’re reading this; how exciting it is is your business; I’d be happy to hear the more salacious details. But imagine pitching the plot. It’s good practice. And can ameliorate the pressure writers feel sometimes trying to dream plots up. The greatest stories, really, are the simplest ones, leaving lots of space to embellish and elucidate.
OUTLINE THIS by Ernest Thompson ~ 1. Do you always need to create an outline? No. 2. Should you always create an outline? Yes. 3. Does an Oscar-winning writer always use one? Of course not. And always regrets it when he doesn’t. 4. Let’s ask a character question: what is it in our character, I mean yours, that we, you, want to skip the outline part of screenwriting? Don’t say laziness; that’s
BUILDING A STORY by Ernest Thompson ~ Half my life ago I was dating a woman People Magazine called the second most beautiful in the world and I was thinking two things: one, what kind of loser was I; second, really? And two, shouldn’t that have been enough? Beauty, it turns out, isn’t skin deep at all. Then what is it? We’ll get back to that. That’s the Message part of storytelling; if we
CREATING A SCRIPT FROM SCRATCH by Ernest Thompson ~ It starts with the story. Everybody’s got one. I sure have enough people approaching me with the greatest idea ever and wouldn’t I like to write it for them? No, is my standard answer and it’s not personal. Write it yourself, I always say, then it will be personal. Personal’s good. Not as in we can’t wait to hear the sexy secrets of your shocking biography,
TWO NEW FILMS FROM WHITEBRIDGE FARM PRODUCTIONS by Ernest Thompson ~ ELYSIAN FARM – A complicated young man rescues a little girl from her abusive parents and is instantly suspected of kidnapping. And the chase is on. PLATO’S PARTY – A college professor is far more interesting, witty and intelligent than the presidential candidates whose debate he’s moderating and is approached to run as a favorite son. I’ve spent four years scripting and directing, acting
MIFF WEAVES FESTIVAL WITH THREADS OF REFLECTION, RESTORATION AND THE FRESHEST MATERIALS TO BE FOUND by Carol Patton ~ This year once again the Maine International Film Festival created a giant interwoven puzzle to be enjoyed piece by piece by everyone who made the trek to Waterville. For ten days in July Festival Director Shannon Haines and Festival Programmer Ken Eisen created a mix of screenings and events that offered universal appeal and were extremely
HEAVENLY ANGLE by Ernest Thompson ~ People often ask where stories come from and I don’t always know but in the case of HEAVENLY ANGLE, I do: Twenty years ago, I moved to New Hampshire, where we shot my movie ON GOLDEN POND. I raised my kids here and, with my partners Morgan Murphy and Lori Gigliotti Murphy, built a company, Whitebridge Farm Productions. Through our acting and writing classes and workshops, I’ve had the