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A WRITER'S VOICE: 'There Will Be Blood' - Externalizing The Internal

Jacob Krueger using There Will Be Blood to demonstrate when you externalize the internal struggle, what it actually does, is it allows the movie to play in your reader’s mind while they read.

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Rather than looking at the structure of There Will Be Blood we’re actually going to be looking at There Will Be Blood in terms of a concept called externalizing the internal.

So, what the heck does that mean?

We work in this really exciting medium called film. What’s the exciting thing about working in film? We tell stories with images. And the challenging thing about working in film is that half of the things that exist in the world, we can’t see. We can’t see thoughts and we can’t see feelings.

And that means, as screenwriters, our job is to externalize these internal things. To take them outside of the mind and put them into the body and the action of our screenplay. To translate the emotional language of our writing into action.

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A WRITER'S VOICE: 'There Will Be Blood' - Externalizing The Internal by Jacob Krueger | Script Magazine #screenwriting

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