The Heart of the Story
Posted by Peter Rasmussen on April 19, 2007
Michelangelo used to say that the sculpture he was creating was already in the stone. His job was simply to clear away the rubbish.
It has struck me that the same can be said of writing. In developing a story whether it was for live action or machinima my best results have not come from sticking on a new element but clarifying aspects that already exist in the substance of the story.
Another useful way of looking at it is archaeology. It requires a lot of skill and care. You carefully brush away dust from bones and broken pottery that is sometimes the same colour as the dust. With patience you can uncover something that has been true about us for a very long time.