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SUSTAINABILITY IN SCREENWRITING
How does a screenwriter create an ecologically sustainable world? What is the meaning of sustainability in relation to audiovisual content? Should our stories be told differently, and if so, why and how do we do it? How can a screenwriter help create a more sustainable World? Or can they? And do they need to?
Anne Puolanne and Kaisa Astikainen, authors of “Ekosetti – Guidelines for sustainable audiovisual production in Finland” seek to answer this question together with the audience, while screenwriter Anna Brotkin moderates the session. The event aims to provoke new ideas on how the audiovisual content creators can take sustainability aspects into account in their work.
The language of the event is English, questions can be asked also in Finnish.
Anne Puolanne is freelancer with a degree in Media and Arts. She has worked in Finnish TV productions since 2010, working as a screenwriter and a member of the production team. She is the co-writer of “Ekosetti – Guidelines for sustainable audiovisual production in Finland” and will graduate with a Bachelor of Natural Resources at the end of 2020.
Kaisa “Kaika” Astikainen is a producer and freelancer with a Master’s degree in Film and Television. She has worked as a sustainability coordinator at production company Bufo and is the co-writer of “Ekosetti – Guidelines for sustainable audiovisual production in Finland“. Her film “Toivola” won the best student film prize at Tampere Film Festival in 2016.
Anna Brotkin (born 1987) is a Helsinki based screenwriter with a Master’s degree in Film and Television. She is the creator of two TV-series: Aikuiset (Yle) and Rehtori (Mtv3, together with Paula Korva). In addition, she has worked as an episodic screenwriter on Jättekiva (Elisa Viihde), Modernit miehet (Yle) and Pelimies (Mtv3). In 2018, she worked as the head screenwriter of Putous. #sovitus, a short film written by her, has been screened at several film festivals, including Palm Springs ShortFest, Seattle Shorts Film Festival and Tampere Film Festival.
Ekosetti – Guidelines for sustainable audiovisual production in Finland was published in September 2019. The guidebook was funded by The Promotion Center for Audiovisual Culture AVEK, Audiovisual Producers Finland – APFI ry and Aalto University.
JOSH GRAPES – METHOD WRITING
Method Writing is an approach created by Jack Grapes, an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and the editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the USA. The modules are taught by his son Josh Grapes, a published author, teacher and poet who graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. For the last ten years, Josh has taught his own METHOD WRITING classes and workshops, as well as several editing classes.
The term “METHOD WRITING” is a nod to the famous acting approach, METHOD ACTING, created by Constantine Stanislavski. Like METHOD ACTING, METHOD WRITING stresses an organic approach to the creative process, coming from one’s own true voice, and opening the heart to vulnerable and compelling writing, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, memoir, drama, poetry, whatever. Academy Award winning actress Helen Hunt describes the approach as follows: “Method Writing will make you a better writer, and that’s the point. It’s not about style, it’s about voice. It’s not about plot, it’s about character, and voice creates character, character creates plot. And finally, just as in Method Acting, It’s not about the result — the product – but about the inner truth – the process. In Method Writing, the focus is on deep process, but the concepts make it exquisitely simple.”
Method Writing does not emphasize outer structure and technique, but the inner work of the VOICE that leads to all great writing. This is a writing class, not an acting class, though many actors have taken these classes. The goal is for each writer to create work, in whatever form the work itself demands. Whether it’s prose stories or novels, poetry, screenplays, plays, memoir, etc. The goal is to find its truth from the core of your voice and the experience of your life. The concepts of METHOD WRITING go to the heart of process, to the natural flow of the voice, to the way voice itself can be manipulated and deepened to create authentic characters and unique story.
METHOD WRITING – WRITING FROM THE DEEP VOICE
In this First Level class/workshop, the First Four Concepts of METHOD WRITING are covered. These four concepts form a foundation of the dynamic use of the voice and the creation of cinematic moments. Jack Grapes’ advanced students call the class “most advanced class of all.”
METHOD WRITING – TONAL DYNAMICS, THE FOUR VOICES
This is Level Two of METHOD WRITING. Great writers find a unique voice, which is why their names often become adjectives, such as Beckettian, Dickensian, Faulknerian, Hemingwayesque, etc. But great writers also know how to use the four tones or voices that underpin all great writing, beyond the mere authentic voice itself. There are only these four voices or tones.