Film School. Something that didn't make me feel too good about myself.
You see, storytellers are actually sadists.
As a writer, you have to want to torment your characters. You have to want to throw them to the wolves, have them bombarded with all kinds of trouble. Trouble is good. It's the only way they are ever going to change. Change is the reason we watch movies, read stories. We want to see something happen. We want to believe that things can change. Not always for the better.
If you keep your characters happy, they're never going to get off the couch. Who wants to see that?
We want to see people make the wrong choice, to want the wrong things. We fear for them and we yell at the screen: Don't go down the cellar! Don't rob the bank! Don't shoot him! But at the same time, we secretly want it to happen. It's not about right and wrong. It's about hopes and fears. Hoping they make it, fearing they won't.
Storytellers are troublemakers by trade. Let's go make some trouble.
Thanks to Lars Detlefsen at the National Film School of Denmark.