1h 2m · May 18, 2021

1917 - Writers' Workshop

Writers' Workshop - Why write a film designed to be made in the 'one-shot style? What can '1917' teach us about the storytelling benefits that can result from this approach? This week's intro contains some thoughts on joining a writers' group. The main topic is a screenplay breakdown of Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns' '1917', exploring how the narrative rules work in a real-time sequential story, the themes of remembrance and the metaphor of the unknown soldier, and plenty of observations and writing tips along the way. Bonus: Hear the epigraphs included on the first page of the screenplay! *** Want to comment, get news and join episode discussions? Join the community on Syncify: Instagram: @the21strewrite. Website contact page: *** Episode navigation: Writers' groups (2:21) Introduction to 1917 (9:56) This week's big question (14:11) Why is one-shot filmmaking considered a gimmick? (18:09) One-shot is how we experience life (20:14) Blake/Schofield as the Unknown Soldier and universal protagonist (22:59) Hook the audience from the first page (25:29) The narrative rules of sequential screenwriting (27:26) How we interpret time in film (30:23) 1917's opening structure (32:53) Entry into the unfamiliar world: No Man's Land (37:01) Approaching the midpoint (41:23) Telling two stories on-screen simultaneously (42:32) Key points of learning from the midpoint (44:55) How to continue after *that* midpoint (48:42) Breaking the film's own 'one-shot' rule, and why (51:13) The final sequences: resurrection (53:49) Key points from the ending (57:37) Conclusion (59:39)

  • @21st_Rewrite Would you consider doing an episode on Warhorse - the play script (and maybe the original children's novel) in comparison to the film screenplay?? Just a thought?

    8 days ago·
    21st_Rewrite

    I haven't seen it since it came out (ten years ago now!) but I'll see if I can maybe tie it in to a specific topic for a writer's workshop at some point

    7 days ago·2 likes·
    Jane

    @21st_Rewrite Thanks so much! Can't believe it's been 10 years since the film, and almost 40 years since the novel was published. The stage play is a stunning, theatrical tour de force I think. I'd be interested to hear how you critique the film, so yes please, if you get an opportunity to do a podcast episode, that would be wonderful! Thanks so much 👍

    7 days ago·
  • Definitely agree that you need to find the right writers' group if you are going to join one, but from experience I know this can be tricky. Well meant woffle doesn't get you anywhere!

    8 days ago·1 like·
    21st_Rewrite

    Luckily Todd Kormanicki shared some thoughts on that in the next episode too. I guess I got lucky with my own particular group!

    7 days ago·1 like·
  • Great tips at the start around the benefits of writers groups. Could be an idea worth exploring @benjaminpfau @Alex-Denne @Jane @Jennifer @memetic007 @Jack @David @Alaina @Sandra @Eamonn ✍️

    12 days ago·3 likes·
    Sam

    I know a lot of people doing more writing... maybe we form a writers group 🤔

    12 days ago·3 likes·
    David

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    10 days ago·4 likes·
    David

    @Sam a writing group is a great idea. 😊

    10 days ago·2 likes·
    Nuage-Laboratoire

    @David 🎉😂🤷

    8 days ago·2 likes·
    David

    @Nuage-Laboratoire I can’t even keep my filmographies straight! 😂

    6 days ago·
  • Loved the end point about the sacrifices of the war that people didn’t notice and so much left unsaid. 🎖Recently watched “Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society” 📚🥔 which was epic (cheers @Jane) gave a real different insight into the war. Originally a book (@jennifer favourite) which was actually written as letters between characters so quite an adaption to get to the movie. Would love an episode on that 🙋‍♀️

    12 days ago·2 likes·
    Jane

    I agree @Sam, a podcast episode about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie film would be ace. A lovely, poignant and clever film, very watchable and would probably spark interesting discussion. 👍

    12 days ago·1 like·
  • 45:00 the long death scene was so painful. @21st_Rewrite the section about false protagonists was fascinating and would definitely be interested in a specific episode in that. I was 100% thinking about Frodo and Samwise analogy before you said it. Game of thrones an interesting one for false protagonists. But also re the chat with @Jane on toy story 3 episode about how dif audience members perceive different characters as the main protagonists 🤷

    12 days ago·2 likes·
    21st_Rewrite

    Thanks @Sam, I will have a think about other false protagonists because it would make for a great topic in the future

    7 days ago·1 like·
  • Excited to listen to this later! @Jack @Sam

    12 days ago·3 likes·
    Jack

    one of my fave films of the lat decade

    12 days ago·2 likes·
    Sam

    @Joe-Lewis as someone working to create intense TV I think you’d love this podcast in general

    8 days ago·
    21st_Rewrite

    Thanks and hope you enjoyed it!

    7 days ago·1 like·

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