A new climate playbook was created for screenwriting in an era of growing state of emergency around global warming. Hollywood often tackles climate change through donations, protests and other activism, but misses out on the ‘drama’ which groups say could be one of the most influential ways to bring the issues to light. weather on the big screen.
A study of 37,453 Film and television scripts from 2016 to 2020 revealed that only 2.8% of fictional films reference words related to climate change.
“Good Energy: A Handbook for Screenwriting in the Age of Climate Change“is a kind of playbook that features commentary from influential film and TV writers,” editor Anna Jane Joyner told the Associated Press.
Don’t Look Up is the second most-watched English language film of all time on Netflix. Don’t Look Up follows two astronomers trying to get humans to care about the massive comet that will destroy planet Earth, which is a metaphor for climate change.
However, the playbook asks the industry and screenwriters to adopt less disastrous approaches.
“A big hurdle we ran into was that writers were associating climate stories with apocalypse stories,” Joyner said in an interview. “The main purpose of the playbook is to expand that menu of possibilities…to a wider range of how it would appear in our real life.”
The manual includes examples, resources and different approaches to take when discussing and including climate change topics in films.
“If you’re already attached to a character in a story and it comes up authentically in the conversation for the character, it confirms for the audience that it’s okay to talk about it in your day-to-day life,” Joyner mentioned.
Dorothy Fortenberry, a successful screenwriter best known for the hit series The Handmaid’s Tale, said a big change was needed in the writing industry.
“Climate change is something that’s affecting people right now who aren’t necessarily the people that Hollywood tends to write stories about. It’s affecting farmers in Bangladesh, farmers in Peru, farmers in Kentucky,” Fortenberry said. . Associated Press. “If we told stories about different types of people, there would be opportunities to integrate climate seamlessly.”
As more and more climate documentaries come out, Netflix’s release of their collection on climate change and sustainability, and the recent IPCC report which said it was “now or never” to act on climate change, this playbook can be extremely helpful in shaping a new woke Hollywood.
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