Passion whether in love or art is a much abused word. Damien Chazelle is one filmmaker who truly understands it. This mini video essay on Whiplash and La La Land gets so much right about how he does it.
"The Before Trilogy is, in my opinion, one of the greatest gifts of modern cinema. Three films, each separated by nine years, that together tell a beautiful and brutal story of what love means as we progress through life. All three films have an unusual form—comprised almo.. morest exclusively of lengthy conversations between the two central characters, Jesse and Celine. So in this video we break Before Sunset into five acts and dissect each one to uncover the invisible structure that keeps eighty pages of conversation engaging, we look at how the script constructs and then destroys each character’s facade, and we examine how each moment is tied to the central dramatic question."
"'Write what you want to know' over 'write what you know' because a story is as much a journey for the person writing it as it is for the characters in it."
"There should probably be a point in the process where you're writing that to write this scene, you feel like you'r.. moree going to throw up because it's so emotional. It's so digging into something in your psychology. You're asking the audience to have a cathartic experience... odds are you probably need to have one when you're writing."
"The mysterious thing about telling stories is that it ends up changing you."
So many gems on writing and storytelling from this wonderful video essay which tells the story of writing of one of my most memorable film experiences - Inside Out. If you've seen the film, here they tell us how they arrived at what they told us in the film about our relationships with joy and sadness.