death by advice

The language of screenwriting can sometimes be stifling or destructive. When certain words like ‘protagonist’ or 'plot’ are used they automatically suggest ideal models/versions of what a 'protagonist’ or 'plot’ is.

These models can then began to be used as shaping tools for advising someone on how to improve their script and storytelling.

But if this shaping based on preconceived notions occurs without fully understanding or appreciating the power of the film proposed it can actually destroy┬áthe story and the storyteller’s unique voice.