Thursday, August 20, 2015

La Soglia di Allal El Alaoui in Parma

we send in attachment flyer with the program of our film festival to all
participants admitted to festival.
Thanking you for your participation, we send all good luck!
Best regards,
Eddy Lovaglio
PR Intern Music Film Festival

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Structure seen by John Truby and Leslie Lehr

This is

John Truby and Leslie Lehr talk about story structure (otherwise known as my obsession) for novelists, and so much more

About five years ago, I discovered John Truby's story structure. A student of mine at UCLA was going on and on about what a genius he was, so I bought the tapes of his classes, bought his book--and had my first New York Times Bestseller. Along the way, I became fast friends with his wife, the novelist and screenwriter, Leslie Lehr, and attended John's classes as well.

John and Leslie approach story differently from all the other story people. There's no three-act structure. There's no rising and falling action. Instead, the Truby method goes much deeper, focusing on the moral choices of the characters and the impacts of those choices on everyone. His first book, The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller is a bestseller--and I have my own dog-eared copy on my desk at all times. Usually focused on films, John and Leslie are now having an upcoming class, STORY FOR NOVELISTS, starting in San Francisco, September 2015 and I cannot wait until they bring it to New York.

Over the past 25 years, more than 30,000 people (including me!) have attended John's sold-out Writers' Studio seminars around the world.  He's been a story consultant for major studios and a script doctor on more than 1800 movies, sitcoms and television dramas from Sony Pictures, HBO, Paramount, BBC, and more.

Leslie Lehr writes about what-ifs of modern motherhood. Her debut novel, 66 Laps, won the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal. Soon after, her screenplay, Heartless, was produced as an independent film. The romantic thriller financed five other films for Santa Monica Pictures, aired on USA TV and has been screening in Europe for eight years. Her next books were the nonfiction tomes, The Happy Helpful Grandma Guide, excerpted on; and Wendy Bellissimo: Nesting, featured on Oprah.

Her second novel, Wife Goes On, was a featured selection for the Pulpwood Queens Book clubs, with 250 chapters of tiara-wearing, book-sharing readers. She next wrote the screenplay,Club Divorce, for Lifetime. What a Mother Knows, her literary thriller is a Recommended Read at Target and is currently in development for film.  In addition to private manuscript consulting, she teaches at the world-renowned Writer's Program at UCLA Extension and mentors writers to publication as the Novel Consultant for Truby’s Writers Studio.

I'm so completely thrilled to have both John and Leslie here. Both of them have literally changed my life. Thank you, John and Leslie!  (Note: John Truby is answering these questions, but Leslie's input is in them, as well!)

What made you decide to take your extraordinarily brilliant (trust me, it is) story structure program and rework it for novelists? 

Novelists are so concerned with the right word that I think they sometimes forget about story. Sure, readers love words, and love what beautiful language can do. But the main reason they read is for story. In fact, the single most important element for success in any written medium, including novels, is strong narrative drive. I see too many novelists who don’t know this or don’t know how to get it on the page.

You'll be presenting seminars on this along with the superb novelist Leslie Lehr. What's she taught you that you didn't know already?

More like what hasn’t she taught me. My expertise is story, in any medium. She’s very strong on story structure, and knows how the novel medium changes the requirements for a good story. She’s also an expert on prose techniques that are unique to narrative fiction.

How do you go from one form to the other? (When I first started writing scripts, I was told that they read like novels!)

 That’s a big subject we will cover in the class. How do you go from script to novel, and how do you go from novel to script? Both have to tell a good story but they do it in different ways. The biggest differences between novel and film are structure and point of view. You have to know how to translate these elements above all.

What's the biggest difference between structure for novels and films?

 Plot. You need much more of it in novels, but it doesn’t have to have the same dramatic punch that plot has in movies. It’s a very special skill to be able to weave a complex plot, but also stretch it over what is typically a much longer time frame.

What's the biggest mistake you think writers make in writing novels? 

They think they can just start writing and figure out the story as they go. Novels need story structure even more than films because the reader has no visuals to rely on, only imagination. Most of all, writers often have no idea how to create narrative drive.

Many novelists I know are resistant to structure, no matter how much I praise it. They think they have to "follow the muse." They also are sure that if there are no surprises for the writer, there won't be surprises for the reader. And, of course, once I get them to try structure, they love it, and they realize that's not true at all. But what do YOU say to writers?

I tell them, go ahead and “follow the muse.” Here’s what’s going to happen. You’ll get about 40 pages into your novel and find out you’ve written yourself into a story dead end. You stop writing the book and then repeat the same process with the next book.

Story is all about seeing the big picture, along with the major story beats, as a whole. If you get the right structure up front, you’ll have plenty of surprises writing the scenes. But you’ll also have a scaffolding that will tell you which creative surprises will work and which ones won’t (and the vast majority won’t). As Leslie puts it, how can you hit the bullseye if you can’t see the target?

I'm curious, I've been applying your seven steps--which are extraordinary on target--for my novels. Are there additional steps and issues novelists should be aware of?

 Oh yes. The seven steps are great for figuring out the anchor steps of the entire story. But for really great plot, you have to know how to use many other steps. And that’s a big deal for novelists, because you have to string a lot more plot over the 300-400 pages in a typical novel. For example, one of those additional plot steps is Revelation. Novels have 3 to 4 times as many reveals as a screenplay. We’re going to spend a lot of time talking about this all-important element in writing novels.

Are the starting points for novels and scripts pretty much the same? Writing something that will change YOUR life? Have a character with a strong arc and a moral dilemma?

Absolutely. The fundamentals of great story are the same for every medium. But novelists also have to know the unique ways of setting up narrative drive, beginning with a strong desire line. We’ll explain how to do that in the course.

Many novels--and films--have experimental forms or ensemble players. There is no straight through line--or is there? I'm thinking about films like Momento or Grand Canyon (which had multiple points of views, much like novels), and novels that play with form like Louisa Meets Bear--which is a series of interconnecting stories that all flow back to two initial characters.  Do the structural components still apply? 

Yes they do, but as you can imagine they apply differently. These are multi-hero, multi-POV stories. This is a major part of the novel world, much more so than Hollywood film. Above all, you have to know how to connect all the story strands to get that through line. We’ll talk about a number of techniques you can use to do multi-strand stories correctly. You do it quite well in your writing, Caroline, and Leslie will talk about a technique you use in IS THIS TOMORROW in the class.

What are you most excited about in teaching this upcoming class in Story for Novel?

I’m a big believer in writers going for greatness, which is why I’m so excited about sharing 10 techniques common to all Great American Novels. Obviously, no one can teach someone how to write the Great American Novel. But I believe these 10 techniques, which are extremely detailed, can give a writer a tremendous advantage if he or she wants to take on this immense challenge.

I've been told that if you are a good screenwriter, you'll be a lousy novelist--and vice versa. I refuse to believe this is true. Why would someone think this?

This is nonsense. Yes, if a novelist doesn’t learn the unique elements of the screenplay medium, he or she will fail, and vice versa. But that assumes writers can’t master new techniques. If a writer learns how to tell a good story, along with the special techniques of that form, they can be great in both mediums.

Will there be a book on this, I hope? I use your Anatomy of Story for all my classes.

That’s a great idea, Caroline. I was busy last year creating my Myth Class, which includes the beats for three new Female Myth stories I think will be huge the next few years. But Leslie has been talking about a Story for Novel book as well, since she uses Anatomy of Story in her work as the TWS Novel Consultant and adds a lot of focused information when she works with writers individually. Now that I know you’d be interested in that book too, it may just be a matter of time. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 31, 2015

After Bolognia ,la Soglia in Parma .

Filming complexity is simple but to film simplicity is hard .Simplicity is what is simple  . Being
a filmmaker , I would love to create and to make live What I imagined. Finishing your film either is short or long only required from you trust ,after it is your baby .You have took after it and defend it . go on With it and do what you have to do . Steven Spielberg admires people Who finds tools to work  and finish a filmic production’

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

la-screenwriter finds formulas of screewriting via Proust

16 Ways Proust Can Help Your Screenplays

Posted by:  , 
by Fiona Wheeler
A century ago, Marcel Proust changed storytelling forever with his epic groundbreaking novel. To celebrate his birthday today, let’s take a look at the lessons we can learn from the father of modern fiction writing.


Proust was quite the social butterfly throughout his early life. When he came to write, he had a lot of material.
How can you write profound, unique and compelling stories if you’ve only ever Facebooked and Googled life? Turn the technology off (after you finish reading this), go and experience life.


Proust was a late bloomer; many great writers are. By the age of twenty-eight, he hadn’t made a cent and had spent four years writing his first, very terrible novel.
Jean Dujardingif1
He abandoned the doomed novel and started reading. From his reading he found he had a talent for academia, which led to success as a translator, which improved his standing in Paris society, which got him into ever-more-exclusive parties, which he ended up writing about in his one famous opus. All because he wasn’t afraid to try and fail.
Your first screenplays aren’t going to be great. No one’s are. Keep writing, keep taking risks, and you’ll get where you belong.


Proust’s mother encouraged his artistic endeavors and acted as buffer between Marcel and his overbearing father.
Truly supportive people are thin on the ground, but you can distance yourself from detractors. They can hate anyone, they don’t need you. And you don’t need them.


Proust wrote in ways that hadn’t been done before, both in his style and content.
Great screenwriters also change the way we see both cinema and the world. The Jazz SingerCitizen KaneThe Matrix broke new ground both in how we tell action and how we define genre. The works of Woody Allen and Charlie Kaufman constantly question and recalibrate the screenwriter’s voice in film.
What awesome ways do you wish you could alter our understanding and concept of film? Why aren’t you writing the screenplay that embodies those theories? Be the paradigm-shift you want to see in the world.


When he decided to take another kick at writing, Marcel literally retired from life.
Unless you’re very rich, that’s simply not practical, but you can make a number of choices that prioritize your writing above other aspects.


Why a bed-ridden writer needs a chauffeur is beyond me, but Marcel, his housekeeper and his chauffeur formed a formidable unit. Without their fussing, prods, protection and their unexpected inspirations, Marcel’s work wouldn’t have the richness it does.
Screenwriting can be lonely. As your career progresses find a loyal agent and manager who aren’t just there for their ten percent, but truly want your long-term success. Seek out producers, directors, and great and interesting actors with whom you can collaborate.


For Marcel that meant writing in bed, surrounded by trinkets which evoked the greatest joys and memories.
Whatever your unique process, identify and cultivate it. It doesn’t matter what other people think: you’re unique, and your process only has to work for you.


Marcel wrote each day. Do you?


When he’d accomplished a rather tricky part of text, Marcel would send his chauffeur out to the Ritz to get some ice cream and beer.
Few of us can afford snacks from iconic restaurants, but a delectable pastry is within reach. If you’re doing it right, writing is hard, emotionally-grueling work. You deserve the occasional treat.


Marcel’s epic novel has a million different titles. It’s too confusing. Most people give up before they’ve ever read a word. Don’t let that happen to you.
Make sure your screenplay has a clear, concise title. ChinatownJawsWhen Harry Met Sally, Home Alone. No matter what genre, we need a title we can say and remember.


Those who do read Swann’s Way (the first volume) often get stuck part way through. We all know Proust is a great author, so we keep at it.
Make your first ten pages gripping. Make them an easy read.


There aren’t a whole lot of plot points in his novel: a guy wishes he could control love. He tries to control his lover, she runs off, he tries to find her, he doesn’t. Gradually he comes to accept he has no control over others. It’s not the plot that keeps you reading those sprawling seven volumes; it’s the complex, flawed, deeply human characters.
Ask any top studio exec what the recipe is for a truly great film, they won’t even pause before they say, “Simple plot, complex characters.” Make sure your script has them.


Proust’s protagonist stops time to delve back and journey though his own memories. Flashback, fluid time, stream-of-consciousness; these are all techniques we have thanks to him.
Without a complex, internally-alive protagonist, they’re just pretty little tricks. Your screenplay should only ever use flashback or voice over if it’s integral to the emotional journey of your main character.


Those who’ve read the last volume, Time Regained, know it to be the most truly rewarding book they’ve ever read. It’s the culmination of an epic journey. The end is like a greatest hits album, it’s also the payoff of all that has come before.
The last ten pages of your script either disappoint your reader, or make them fall in love. Re-write and re-write again your crucial last ten pages.


Initially, publishers didn’t even read Proust’s novel before rejecting it. A former society butterfly writes an epic novel! A century on, it’s Proust we remember, not them.
Don’t give up. Good things aren’t ever easy, but they are worthwhile.


There’s no doubting Proust was eccentric. A unique voice is a good thing. Find yours.
So, go out in search of your lost fabulous-ness. And have a delicious petite cake today in honor of your budding screenwriting career and Marcel Proust’s birthday.