SUBTEXT: THAT PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE FRIEND YOU HATE, BUT CAN’T DROP or WE’RE GOING TO NEED A BIGGER BOAT


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    This is the second in a series of articles on various screenwriting topics. Further entries will include exposition, voice overs and passive central characters. The previous entry was on diversity in film.

On facebook and a myriad of other places, people put forth various requisites or must haves, do’s and do nots, they claim are needed to write, if not a great screenplay, at least a perfectly serviceable one.

One of the most popular ones is subtext. Now, I prefer writers not worry about things like this, at least at first. I’m on the side of the angels who say, concentrate on writing a good story that is successful on its own terms and if it has subtext, good, if not, good. I mean why tamper when you’ve got a good thing going?

I prefer elements like subtext to grow organically out of the writing, not be foisted upon it. Still, if you are receiving constant feedback that your dialog is too on point, or that the reader feels as if they are being told how to feel, rather than being allowed to feel, you may need subtext, taken four times a day on an empty stomach.

One problem with subtext is that everyone seems to know what it is, but have difficulty coming up with a clear, concise and satisfactory definition that everyone agrees with. It’s like art: no one can define it, but they all know it when they see it. Continue reading

Podcasts


This is a list of podcasts I have participated in:

Forgotten Films Podcast

The Silent Partner

http://ow.ly/LBFM30o1qcy

The Ritz

http://ow.ly/hwJa30b3BHO

 

Ticklish Business Podcasts

Miracle on 34th Street

http://ow.ly/8TLU30hHqTq

 

LAMBcasts

Little Women

https://www.vulture.com/2018/09/soon-yi-previn-speaks.html

Humphrey Bogart

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/lambcast/episodes/2019-12-03T12_12_58-08_00

The Devils

http://www.largeassmovieblogs.com/2019/09/lambcast-497-the-devils-motm.html

Silverado

http://ow.ly/XWGn30o7XzP

 

2019 Oscar Predictions

http://ow.ly/2GoS30o1qas

The Haunting

http://ow.ly/2qPJ30mje24

A Star is Born

http://ow.ly/OGR930maqpn

Out of the Past

http://ow.ly/1ir030lX6cm

Shawshank Redemption

http://ow.ly/UzWg30ktWnZ

Deadpool 2

http://ow.ly/ILdt30ktW91

Top Movies of 2017

http://ow.ly/f0ue30hHr83

The Dark Tower

http://ow.ly/G4R930eGKyO

Roll Your Own Top 5: South Korean movies. 

http://ow.ly/ppu630eGKD7

What Have You Been Watching Lately: Frenzy

http://ow.ly/yBKm30ddnMG

The Dirty Harry franchise

http://ow.ly/rCkB30b3Che

Bring a Topic

http://ow.ly/pGZY30b3Dyw

The best of 2016

http://ow.ly/pyi730h0bbx

What We’ve Been Watching Lately (I talk about The Big Sleep)

http://ow.ly/H7mz307vtwk

The Western Draft

http://ow.ly/ScmQ30h0b0u

George Romero and the Dead films

http://ow.ly/2oVI30h0b8V

What We’ve Been Watching Lately, Horror Special (I talk about Suspiria)

http://ow.ly/OywC30h0ar0

On the 400th Anniversary Podcast for the LAMB, I discuss Murder on the Orient Express

http://ow.ly/Iuzp30h09w3

The Musical Draft

http://ow.ly/Ae4e30h09TV

The Justice League

http://ow.ly/TcgF30h0aiM

2018 Oscar Predictions

http://ow.ly/f7Bn30iJyda