A WRITER’S VOICE: BIRDMAN – Writing a Screenplay is Like Writing a Poem

Founder of Jacob Krueger Studio, Jacob has worked with writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to young writers picking up the pen for the first time. His own writing includes The Matthew Shepard Story, for which he won the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Screenplay. To learn more about his Screenwriting Workshops, Online Classes, and International Retreats please visit WriteYourScreenplay.com.

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Birdman did not begin with a high-profile director saying, “let’s figure out a cool gimmick that nobody has ever done before.” Birdman began with an observation by writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu. His observation was that life doesn’t happen in cuts. Life doesn’t feel like cuts.

Instead, he wanted to make a movie that felt more like life. He wanted to make a movie that felt cyclical, that felt like it didn’t have clear borders because our lives and our memories don’t have clear borders.

In this podcast, I’ll discuss how Iñárritu’s choice to simultaneously break and follow cinematic “rules” epitomized the poetic potential of filmmaking.

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