symbolism

Script Symbology: The Synchronicity of Classic Scripts

“Bogey would invite me into his dressing-room with his usual ‘relax and have a drink.’ We would talk and sometimes a genie popped out of the whiskey bottle and off I’d go to develop the idea into a scene.” Howard Koch (Co-Screenwriter, Casablanca) “They are laying bets over on the RKO...

Script Symbology: Symbol Systems

We have observed that individual symbols exist in contexts and move within systems of symbolism. Symbols are also part of symbol systems that might be defined as categories of symbols. These symbol systems consist of familiar as well as esoteric categories of phenomena and things such as colors, numbers, genres, drama...

Script Symbology: The Art of Symbolism

“The essential problem is to know what is revealed to us not by any particular version of a symbol, but by the whole of symbolism.” Mercea Eliade The Rites and Symbols of Initiation Symbolism is the art or practice of using symbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or...

Script Symbology

The upcoming column in Script Magazine called Script Symbology is about the study and application of symbols and symbolism to scripts. While there are so-called movie symbologists (Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code comes to mind) to our knowledge there exists no ongoing research, discussion or study of the application...

Specs & The City: Symbols and ‘The Matrix’

So you’ve got basic formatting down. You know how to move from an outline, to a first draft, and on into rewriting. You’ve even finally wrangled that pesky dialogue monster that haunts so many writers. And after all of this hard work, your script is good. Really good. But it’s not...