To be Writer is to be Storyteller. Good thing stories come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and modes. This thread right here is for the discussion movies, to be watched, read
How It Works
1. A movie will be chosen monthly (or Semi-Monthly depending on stuff going on in the community) and its corresponding screenplay will be linked to for the consumption of discussion participants.
2. Participants have until the third Saturday of the Month
to watch the movie and read/skim the corresponding screenplay. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts about the movie in this thread as they watch, but, until that third Saturday, spoilers must be put on key story points. After
the third Saturday, spoilers come off and the discussion is on
3. Discussion of movies in this thread should be focused on storytelling, writing, use of language, dialog, etc. It is also a discussion of how the storytelling techniques of the visual medium might be applied to the craft of novel or short story writing.
We will try our best to choose movies that are available cheaply and easily on OnDemand or Redbox or Netflix or whatever
. If you have a movie that you'd like to suggest, please PM me or Vanity! We might as you to help facilitate the discussion during the month your movie is chosen.
Most importantly, though, the point is to watch movies as a community and have fun discussing them as writers!
Month of August Movie: Ex Machina
This month's chosen movie is Ex Machina, an examination of the relationship between humans and the physical manifestation of Artificial Intelligence. The movie is very specific on its use of sight and sound, and plays with the "baggage" that the viewer brings to such movies. The constant toying with tension and mood leaves an interesting experience for the view and, of course, interesting consequences for the characters on the screen.
1. Watch the movie via the service of your choice. http://www.canistream.it/
is a great tool to find out if it is available via the service you like best. I can confirm that it's on Comcast/Xfinity OnDemand. I believe it is also on Netflix Streaming. I can also confirm that it is available via Redbox.)
2. If you'd like to compare the screenplay to the movie, you can do so by following this link
. I can verify that this link is safe and that there are interesting differences between the screenplay and the actual movie. It should be noted that discussion questions might directly reference the screenplay so... just think about it. You don't have to read it word for word, but consider looking up favorite scenes, etc. It's fun to compare.
3. Discuss the movie here in the thread whenever you like. Just be sure to put a spoiler on any key moments until August 15th
. After that, though, it's a free-for-all. SO WATCH THE MOVIE, YA'LL!
Questions to get us started:
(Optional. Just trying to get thoughts rolling. Riff as you see fit.)
What is the overall "mood" of Ex Machina and how does it change (or not) throughout the film?
As you watch, where do you find yourself inserting your own tension into the scenes?
Who/what are the characters of Ex Machina? (Think about it...)