14 Jul Scriptwriter of the Month: Nina Blažin
Nina Blažin, Slovenian scriptwriter and director, graduated Film and Television Directing at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. Since then, she has written and directed over dozen short, documentary and television films, participated in different workshops and received multiple awards. She believes one has to look closely at life, be open, see the details, the sounds, the colours, the smells of life… and use all of that in writing.
To find out a bit more about Nina, check out her MTSW profile and read her answers to our 8 short questions.
- What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?
All of the films I chose have an element of magic and shock in them. They enter a world of their own, they are full of strangeness and emotions and these are the things I’m interested in.
- Why did you decide to go into film?
I wanted to tell stories, to evoke feelings in people.
- Commercial films or art house?
No matter what I work on, I give my best.
- How and when did you begin writing?
I started writing during my studies at AGRFT and after my graduating I’ve applied to international script workshops to broaden my horizons in scriptwriting (NISIMASA, SOURCES 2, SCRIPT CIRCLE…). When writing I try to evoke feelings, emotions in the viewers, I try to show them a world they have somehow forgotten or don’t know much about.
- Where do you like to write the most?
Wherever I go I have a small notebook with me and I constantly make notes. From these notes scenes are written. Sometimes a sentence I hear on the bus triggers something…. What is the story? Who are these people? What’s going on?… and I dive into it.
I write notes on paper cards, so I can move the scenes around. After some time, I rewrite them on the computer. Sometimes I start with an ending, sometimes I start writing with a situation I saw, sometimes a dream helps me to start writing… sometimes there is just one image I feel strongly about, and I have it in my mind and I start from there.
- What kind of music do you listen while writing?
While writing, I don’t listen to any music. The silence gives me space to fill the emptiness with emotions, characters, scenes, dialogs, actions… and the world from the script becomes alive. When a song is an inspiration then I listen to it often – while I do the dishes, while I cook…. to open the doors of inspiration.
- Where do ideas come from?
I think ideas are a mixture of our interests at a certain time, what talks to us, what touches us… the main thing is to be open, so the ideas can come, can enter our lives. I go to museums, galleries… I also research the theme – meet people and talk to them. I’ve been volunteering in an association, to be able to research the theme I’m writing about at the moment. I often take pictures of things, situations I find interesting, inspirational… I try to gather as much as possible, so when I write a lot of this falls away as it is not relevant, but for my research I try and gather as much as possible…so I feel the world I’m writing, I see the world clearly in front of my eyes… the colours, the smells, the textures of the world from the script.
- If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?
I believe films, literature, art in general is the bridge between us and moment in space and time. With them, one can dive into different stories, different periods in time…. We just have to be open-minded! Have to be curious! Have to be playful!