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Tension, not conflict

Maybe conflict isn't the right word.

David Gane
David Gane

In the film A Ghost Story, many scenes aren’t filled with conflict, but there is an underlying tension to them.

If you were a ghost and returned to your home, how would you feel? What would you do? And would you process being separated from your loved one?

Similarly, once the wife returns from the morgue, how does she process the loss? How does she inhabit the space and feel the emptiness?

Yes, these moments could be conflict, but perhaps the better word is emotional tension.


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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