from “Story”

July 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

From the moment of inspiration you reach into your fictional world in search of a design.

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
Robert McKee


This line jumped out of the pages and gave me some very vivid memories of my days in architecture school. We had two major studio projects every year. All of us had the same brief – it was the same location, and we were to design the same thing (old folks’ home, school, etc.). Yet despite all of that, there was no doubt in our minds that we would each come up with a design that would be uniquely ours, completely different from that of our colleagues.

And I had realised then, as I remember again today, that it was precisely because we each had a different core idea holding our design intact. Our designs were supposed to be all-rounded, to answer to various issues and solve various problems, but there was sure to be ONE core idea – a concept, if you will – that permeated our design, informed all our decisions, and gave our project its overall shape and meaning.

This core idea, what we call concept in architecture, is what we call theme in screenwriting.


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