Writing and directing tips from Greta Gerwig

Do you listen to your characters and staff?

Writing and directing is an exploration of your own hopes, dreams, and desires and how you can convey them to an audience through your characters. One of the most exciting voices currently doing this is Greta Gerwig.

She is the mind behind it Frances Ha, Mistress America, Lady Bird, and Little woman, but she still had to find the courage to get out of her own head and take charge of the attack. She has a lot of knowledge and tips that she can share both while writing and directing.

Check out this video from Outstanding scripts, and let’s talk after the jump.

When watching this video, I gained immense appreciation for the absolute honesty with which Gerwig answers questions and gives advice. She always strives to come up with the best ideas and filmmakers find the courage to tell stories that mean something.

I love the idea that the structure of history is ingrained in us as our birthright. Our lives have beats and moments that help us see the structure of the stories ourselves. And that characters can be the brave and brave versions of ourselves, doing things we may never get the chance to do.

At the center of Gerwig’s story and direction is a simple question that we should all probably ask ourselves: “What excites me?”

Because filmmaking is our chance to get an audience to empathize with our understanding of the world and to convey our point of view. When we find out what inspires us, we can delve into the details of the idea. One thing she’s looking for is that feeling of, “I can’t believe no one made this movie!” So she chooses ideas to guide and see until the end of the cycle.

Gerwig does all of this without shying away from the emotions of the story. She wears her heart on her sleeve and unabashedly brings everything she has to the screen. I think this lends itself to the most important tip in the video.

What did you learn from the video and Gerwig’s films? What are some key lessons that you think every writer and director should be aware of?

Let us know in the comments.

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