Scott Z. Burns

TRUE STORIES. DO THEY EXIST? CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES IN WRITING SCREENPLAYS BASED ON TRUE STORIES

12/05/2019

DALLE ORE 11

Ex Convento dell'Annunziata

Do true stories exist? How can we adapt a screenplay to actual events, involving the public and honoring the true story at the same time? In his Masterclass, Scott Z. Burns, trusted screenwriter of Steven Soderbergh, will analyze this issue, focusing on the challenges and the pitfalls a screenwriter can use to faithfully describe something that has really happened without letting entertainment take over the truth. Scott Z. Burns will analyze some scenes from “The Report”, a film starring Anette Bening and Adam Driver, presented at the last Sundance Film Festival.

A screenplay based on a true story must take account of the events and the people who lived it. The writing process is therefore different from the one of a fiction screenplay, an invented story. Characters and situations play a central role, but does truth have to be completely reported? Which kind of choices can a screenwriter make to sum up in two hours what happened in several days, years, decades or centuries?

BIO

Scott Z. Burns is an American screenwriter and producer. He began his career in 2006 writing and directing “Pu-239”. The following year he wrote the screenplay for “The Bourne Ultimatum”, directed by Paul Greengrass, the third in the Jason Bourne film series. The former secret agent Jason Bourne was played by Matt Damon. From 2009 to 2013 he worked together with Steven Soderbergh to write the screenplays for “The Informant!”, “Contagion” and “Side Effects”. In 2018 he wrote the screenplay for the film “The Mercy”, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.