Screenwriting is…

If you ask your average screenwriter about his art he’d probably talk about character arcs, structure, and theme. Important stuff, but hardly inspirational. I recently saw some interviews where artists tried to define art. These weren’t screenwriters. They were painters. Their answers inspired me to look for my own answers.

Screenwriting is not painting. People liken it more to an architectural blueprint. I prefer to believe it’s something in between the two. A clash of structure and emotion. On it’s best day we ignore the science of it and pretend it’s all art. Something beautiful. Lyrical. Romantic.

Movies are magic.

Here’s my attempt to epitomize my chosen art.

Background art by Tyree Callahan.

Author: Jeffrey Stoltzfus

Filmmaker. Author. Artist.

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