- Gonzalo Maza shared some of his writing formulas, and gave advice for the elaboration of a Script.
- During the workshop, a closer, more intimate side of the author became apparent, as he readily shared and answered questions from the audience.
“Writing is Improvising” is the name of the open writing workshop dictated by Gonzalo Maza, and aimed at film students, this Wednesday morning, at the CECs Science Tent. In it, he tackled basic strategies for the production of screenplays, from his first-hand knowledge.
As part of his lecture, the author told of his experiences when having to write during different periods of time, narrating the most symbolic moments during the creation of Una Mujer Fantástica, and Gloria.
During this educational activity, the scriptwriter delivered some of his discursive strategies, focusing around screenplay writing, and giving advice about how to face the different stages in the creative process writers go through. He highlighted the importance of observation, improvisation and psychoanalysis, during the development and construction of characters.
He also addressed the importance of researching topics, during the initial and final phases in writing a script, remarking on how crucial the final editing is. He emphasized the need to not be attached to ideas, letting them go, whenever necessary, for the benefit of the whole piece.
The noted author made an analogy with the cooking process, where the diverse elements of the narrative, such as the different events in a story, the development of characters, and plot coherence, among others, get mixed and seasoned with superlative descriptions. The result is a perfect combination of these ingredients, turning them into a final whole.
The scriptwriter mentioned that, in his case, the feelings and sensations that mix in long-repressed memories tend to come out in the writing process, making each script an intimate journey to reconnect with himself.