The Telling Detail

Facts are not just something to ensure accuracy; they can also be the lifeblood of the "telling detail" that will enrich and inform your storytelling (depending, of course, on the kind of film you're making). Facts can be a source of humor and irony; they can illuminate character, heighten tension, and underscore themes. So throw the line in the water, pull up what you can, organize it and file it, and then throw the line back in. Bess Myerson is known as the first Jewish Miss America. She was also the first to have a college degree. Which detail will you choose to use? Hold on to them both, for now. Famed Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen liked to read the comics. Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky loved ice cream. Are these useful details? Maybe. They certainly add a human face to authors who've attained a certain stone-like presence in literary catalogs. As you do your research, begin to keep track of the details and tidbits that strike your fancy, as well as the ones that answer questions essential to your storytelling.

Find a way to keep track not only of the information but also its source. Make sure to note the source material as completely as possible, so that (1) you don't have to track it down again and (2) you could track it down again if necessary.

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