My colleague, Lori Dixon, directed me to this February 2008 Vanity Fairarticle, “Keys to the Kingdom” by Jim Windolf. It is a long article, but this quote especially highlights the importance of story elements in the development of a plot that holds interest. What a cool way to connect the world of entertainment to our writing workshops.
The script, Spielberg says, can provide the blockbuster pace. “Part of the speed is the story,” he says. “If you build a fast engine, you don’t need fast cutting, because the story’s being told fluidly, and the pages are just turning very quickly. You first of all need a script that’s written in the express lane, and if it’s not, there’s nothing you can do in the editing room to make it move faster. You need room for character, you need room for relationships, for personal conflict, you need room for comedy, but that all has to happen on a moving sidewalk.”