Juxtaposing in Writing

Donald L. Vasicek

Juxtaposing in writing and screenwriting is most effective if you think in terms of what film is. Film is a visual medium. Therefore, the writer/screenwriter must write visually. Writing visually includes striving to “show” rather than “tell” the story and the characters. The most powerful way to do this is to utilize the mingling of opposites or a dichotomy.

For example, if you have a character who represents evil in your story, then juxtaposing your “hero” or main character in your story to this kind of “villain” [in fiction, villains do not have any redeeming characteristics while the antagonist in your story should have, at least, 1 redeeming characteristic) should represent good, the opposite of evil, and thus, a dichotomy.

In summary, the most effective use of juxtaposing in movies, is what is totally opposite of each other, whether that is characters, objects, locations, etc. This kind of juxtaposing creates conflict, and in fiction, if there is no conflict, there is no drama, and the resulting effect of that is a flat story with no energy. Some would call this kind of story/film/movie, boring.

I hope this is of help to you.

Best Regards,
Don Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC/The Zen of Writing


Sand Creek Massacre Educational Screenings

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To Schedule Sand Creek Massacre Educational Viewings

“The Sand Creek Massacre” videos (lengths in parentheses:

http://www.sandcreekmassacre.net/videos (6:27)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS3DEuZzcM8 (1:33)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2wd_JHNMG0 (6:30 Modified Version of film)

(“The Sand Creek Massacre” is an award-winning documentary short film. “Ghosts of Sand Creek”, which is in development, is a feature length motion picture):

The Indie Gathering Film Festival – Cleveland, OH

Trail Dance Film Festival – Duncan, Oklahoma
(Winner, Best Native American Film)
American Indian Film Festival – Rice University – Houston, TX
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The Heard Museum Film Festival – Phoenix, AZ
Metropolitan State College of Denver – Denver, CO
Walnut Hills Elementary School – 4th Grade – Centennial, CO
Broomfield Independent Film Series – Broomfield, CO
Estes Park Film Festival – Estes Park, CO
American Indian Genocide Museum – Houston
Phillip S. Miller Library Bull Theater Project – Castle Rock, CO
Watonga, Oklahoma Schools – Watonga, Oklahoma
California Center for Native Americans – San Bernadino, CA
Houston CTV, HCCT-  Houston
Los Angeles Paxico Projection Series – Los Angeles, CA
The Bug Theater – Denver, CO
New York/Tribeca Monday Night Shorts – New York/Tribeca
Stars in the Desert Film Festival – Tuba City, Arizona
Duke University Center for Documentary Studies/The Happening Film Festival – Durham, NC
DCTV/Colorado Reel/TV – Denver, CO
LA Comcast/Time Warner/The Gigi Iam Show – Los Angeles, CA
Docu-LinkNY/LA/London Shooting People – New York/London
The Denver Indian Center – Denver, CO
Indianer Inuit:  The North American Native Film Festival – Berlin, Germany
Thailand Kasetsart University
George Mason University – Virginia
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Boston Ruff Cutz Film Festival – Boston, MA
Los Angeles Entertainment Conference – Los Angeles
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Videographers of America
Hayden Film Festival
Pan American Film Festival
Rhode Island College Multicultural/Unity Center
PBS KBDI Channel 12 “Colorado Inside Out”
Staten Island Muddy Cup – Staten Island, NY
Moondance International Film Festival – Boulder, CO
Tribal Libraries Institute – Montana State University – Bozeman, Montana
Federal Heights Elementary School – 4th Grade – Denver, Colorado
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University of Denver – Denver, Colorado
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Donald L. Vasicek
The Zen of Writing/Filmmaking/Consulting
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