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Film School Confidential: ALL GREEK TO ME

Film School Confidential: ALL GREEK TO ME

This week has been a hotch-potch of different tutors and input. Tuesday we talked about loss and watched the first half of the Belgian thriller Calvaire: The Ordeal. Loss can be a powerful motivation for characters, as we tend to yearn for what we used to have or something we at least have had a […]

Film School Confidential: MAN AND MYTH

Film School Confidential: MAN AND MYTH

It’s film school week again, and I’m here early so I can get some work done. Yesterday was an all-day seminar with Ingolf Gabold, former head of national tv channel DR’s drama department, where he was responsible for developing series such as Borgen, Sommer and Forbrydelsen (aka. The Killing, remade in the US). Gabold took […]

Film School Confidential: ANGER THERAPY

Film School Confidential: ANGER THERAPY

“What makes you angry?” the teacher asked. My immediate response: “How much time do I have” Of course all of us have things we’re angry about. I never thought it would make it into film studies, but I understand the notion of writing from emotion, dragging something you feel strongly about into your storytelling. Each […]

Film School Confidential: ACTING FOR WRITERS

Film School Confidential: ACTING FOR WRITERS

Back at the Danish Film School this week and eager to share my experiences. Monday we watched the documentary Testamentet/The Will , a fascinating story of a pair of loser brothers about to inherit a ton of money. I can highly recommend this movie if you get a chance to see it. After the film there […]

Film School Confidential: 5 GREAT STORYTELLING TIPS

Film School Confidential: 5 GREAT STORYTELLING TIPS

I’m not really at school this week but I went today anyway. Kim Fupz Aakeson (ex-cartoonist, screenwriter) was speaking and I didn’t want to miss that. Aakeson is usually smart, funny and very hands-on in his approach. Sure enough, quite a few nuggets fell into my notepad. Here are some of them: Story structure in […]