Presentation of the workshop CBI (Character Based Improvisation) ¦ Robert Marchand

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Since always, I was interested in how to put into “action” the stories I write… short movie? TV series?
A couple year ago, with TFL Torino Film Lab, I had my first experience with the “scriptwriting” and all the nuances of misinterpretation of the plot aimed by the “creator of the story”.
As a writer, you may have some specific ideas how the characters of your story interact, you describe scenes and happenings in a vivid way, with great care of the details…
But at the moment of elaborating the story into a script for a movie, actually, everything may happen. From the better to the worst of the nightmares.
And this was the case: a disgusting experience with a young screenwriter too full of herself with bumpy ideas and without any consideration and respect of my will.
I dropped the deal, in the due time of the contract signed for a year.
I soon enough realized that, if I wanted the job done professionally and with an experienced scriptwriter, I should put on the table between 20.000.- / 25.000.- euros.
Alright, this is not on my schedule, since I like to use the small royalties I receive, to help shelters for animals or kids in need.
So I started looking around trying to get into this specific work of transmuting a book into a script.
And to do it in the best way, you need to learn quite a few important things about how a film director works, which type of way they use to get into action the actors and so on.
Thanks to Maria, I was able to attend the presentation of  R.Marchand Workshop, taking several notes… and start getting some clearer ideas about this huge world totally different from putting your feelings on a paper trying to capture the attention of your reader and make them dream!
I know it will take me a long time, I’m very patient… and will take small steps at a time.

 

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Sono da sempre interessata a come mettere in “azione” le storie che scrivo… Fare un film, un cortometraggio? Una serie TV?
Un paio di anni fa, con la TFL Torino Film Lab, ho avuto la mia prima esperienza con la “sceneggiatura” e con essa, ogni possibile sfumatura di erronea interpretazione della trama voluta dall’autore.
In qualità di scrittore, puoi avere idee specifiche su come interagiscono i personaggi della tua storia, puoi descrivere scene e avvenimenti in modo vivido, ponendo grande cura ai dettagli…
Ma al momento di elaborare la storia in una sceneggiatura per un film, in realtà tutto può accadere. Dal bene, al peggiore degli incubi.
E ques’ultimo è stato il caso: una disgustosa esperienza con una giovane sceneggiatrice troppo piena di sé e con idee sballate e senza alcuna considerazione e rispetto della mia volontà.
Sono quindi uscita dal contratto firmato, alla conclusione dell’anno d’impegno.
Presto ho capito che, se desidero un lavoro eseguito in modo professionale e con uno sceneggiatore esperto, avrei dovuto mettere sul tavolo tra 20.000 e 25.000 euro.
Sfortunatamente, questo non è nel mio programma, poiché mi piace usare le poche royalties che ricevo, per aiutare i rifugi per animali o bambini in difficoltà.
Così ho iniziato a guardarmi intorno cercando di entrare in questo mondo sconosciuto, con la specifica idea di imparare a trasmutare i miei libri in sceneggiature.
E per farlo nel modo migliore, bisogna imparare alcune cose importanti su come funziona il lavoro di un regista, quale modo egli utilizzare per pianificare ecc.
Grazie a Maria ho potuto assistere alla presentazione del Workshop di R.Marchand, prendendo varie note… per iniziare a chiarirmi le idee su questo enorme mondo completamente diverso da quello di mettere le tue idee su un foglio di carta, cercando di catturare l’attenzione del tuo lettore e per poi farlo sognare!
So che mi ci vorrà molto tempo, ma sono indulgente con me stessa!

 

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20 questions: Interview by writer Don Massenzio

Interview by Don Massenzio, see the author blog.

Today we sit down with author Claudine Giovannoni.  She is going to tell us about her inspiration and work.

Please enjoy this edition of 20 Questions:


claudine-giovannoniQ1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I loved to intrigue people with my stories since I was able to speak… I always kept a diary and when I started flying around for work, I used to write down many things from my feeling, the countries I visited, the people I met, about their habits… albeit some funny and some sad stories.

Q2) How long does it typically take you to write a book?

A couple of years. I am never in a hurry, and the ideas have to first ripen… priorities are my kids and family, my cats… I am morally involved protecting fauna and flora (my husband is the World Wildlife Foundation – WWF president in southern Switzerland)… as Buddhists, we have much to share with whom are interested. I build up several ideas of changing the bad things happening in the world, so I start giving a good example.

Q3) What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I go around with a moleskin block notes. Ideas happen during the most improbable moments; I keep a trace, make some drawings, and try to fix the “instant” sometimes with music… but most of all I need to be in a quiet place, with some of my cats, the laptop, and my notes.

Q4) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like to imagine something magic, although for many people magic require such an openness of mind to understand…

Q5) How are your books published?

I was lucky enough to get my books published the traditional way. I am afraid I would not be able to be an “indie” even I do not know from where I should start. I need to have a book in my hands. Feel the paper and get the smell of the ink into my nostrils.

Q6) Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Mostly from my dreams. I am capable of dreaming with open eyes as well… Actually, there is always some autobiographical note… especially when I describe places and/or peoples.

Q7) If you don’t mind sharing, when did you write your first book and how old were you?

My first novel is a kind of collections of many adventures I told my kids when they were little. It was around 14 years ago. In the book, I describe many places I have seen when working for an airline, and the “adding” some touch of fantasy. There are four dragons, the protectors of the Earth, Fire, Water, and Air, which are taken from the old Japanese mythology.

Q8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Travel around the world with or without my family, be in nature or stay lazy with my beloved cats… or help others.

Q9) What is your favorite book?

The Lord of the Rings

Q10) What do your family and friends think of your writing?

They all love my novels (or if they do not, actually then do not tell me). Sometimes you need to be captivated by the topics, which are tied up with myths, especially the Irish ones, and the traveling everywhere around the planet. We have such a beautiful Home! It is important to describe it with many emotions; this should help people to care more for Planet Earth…

Q11) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That dreams took consistency.

Q12) What do you hate most about the writing process?

The “cleaning up and cutting down” to make a story more easy to read and understand. Sometimes I am very poetic and I like to express it by digressing in descriptive details very precise. The reader (maybe closing her/his eyes to ease the process) may be convinced of being personally in the story.

Q13) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I published five books, but my favorite is the last one that is not jet published. Taiga’s Dream tells a story about a cellist and her daughter, a prodigy young violinist… Fiona Moira and Vladimira took the Tran Siberian train to the Lake Baikal: there is the mysticism of the Shamans and the magic of Music in each page. Both my kids and my husband just inspired me, since they are musicians.

Q14) Do you have any suggestions to help us become better writers? If so, what are they?

Actually, I prefer to call myself “citizen of the world”, I am not a writer.

I still learn each day something more from all the bloggers and books I read… I do not know if there is a “perfect” writer, each one of us can write. I try just to remain myself, a person in love with life, who cares about nature and all sentient beings. Writing is a way to give others to feel some special emotions, to take them along the story and really make them “participate” and be involved. I guess is important, to be honest with the readers and share with them openness without bluffing.

Q15) Do you get feedback from your readers much? How and what kinds of things do they say?

Some people do not like to write feedbacks and I do not ask or force them, sometimes I can tell from a cute smile that a friend loved a story I wrote. Others say that you need to read a couple time my novels since there are so many details that you miss because you hurry ahead to see how the plot develops. For some of them maybe I am a bit too much poetic within descriptions… but there are not enough words to describe the beauty of a sunset!

Q16) What is your preferred reading audience?

Sensitive people. People who want to change the world for the future generations, people who are convinced they can make a difference! The one who believes strongly in a better world and into the power of our mind to reach the highest goals. How to explain it? An adult who still nourish the child inside himself… if this is enough clear for you.

Q17) What do you think makes a good story?

Depends, on the audience. I am very meticulous when I choose a new book. I do not like to be misguided by marketing actions, which are the makers of the best sellers, mostly full of sex and violence. I like to plunge into something quite different, something that leaves me a strong emotion but has not to be by forced empathy. Definitely, this is very subjective and maybe related to a special personal mood.

Q18) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I guess am still a little girl, believe me.

I wanted to become an astronaut. I did not even start getting serious into it since I was not good in math and physics’. Anyhow, I spent more than 12.000 flight hours at 10.000 meters above the sea level… isn’t that amazing?

Q19) Where can we find your books?

The first four, in the original Italian version, you may order them on the web IBS or directly in a bookshop; the last Novel “The Annwyn’s Secret” is translated into English by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd. – London and is available on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annwyns-Secret-Claudine-Giovannoni/dp/1785544632/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471286135&sr=1-1&keywords=the+annwyn+secret

Q20) Can we learn more about you and your writing?

Yes. Click on this link for an article about one of my books:

https://translature.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/the-annwyns-secret-by-claudine-giovannoni/

Claudine’s Books:

cover1Il Kumihimo del Sole (novel – Seneca Edizioni Torino 2006 ¦  Italian)

cover2Il Cristallo della Pace (novel – Seneca Edizioni Torino 2010 ¦  Italian)

cover3Nebbie nella Brughiera (novel – Seneca Edizioni Torino 2009 ¦  Italian)

cover5I quattro Elementi (illustrated story – Macromedia Edizioni Torino 2010 ¦  Italian)

cover4Tracce (poetry anthology – Edizioni Ulivo Balerna 2011 ¦  Italian)

cover6Il Segreto degli Annwyn (novel – Edizioni Ulivo Balerna ¦  Italian)

The Annwyn’s Secret (novel – Austin Macauley Ltd. – London ¦ English)

Connect with Claudine:

https://claudinegiovannoni.com

https://annwynsecret.wordpress.com

https://taigasdream.wordpress.com/

Lasciatevi sedurre… * Let yourself be seduced…

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ISBN  978 88 98018 07 09  

Si può ordinare in tutte le librerie… ma per esperienza è più veloce richiedere direttamente all’autrice  🙂


Al costo di  FRS 28.-  oppure EUR 23.-    riceverete il romanzo   al vostro domicilio!

Per l’ordinazione, compilate il modulo sottostante, io riceverò per posta elettronica la vostra richiesta.   Per favore inserite nel “commento” il vostro indirizzo postale dove desiderate ricevere il libro e l’eventuale dedica (ad esempio il nome del destinatario del romanzo).

Per il pagamento: se utilizzate PAYPAL vi invierò una richiesta di pagamento, a pagamento ottenuto procedo con l’invio del romanzo all’indirizzo postale fornito.

Se preferite effettuare un pagamento bancario:   CH 83 0483 5050 2339 3000 0  Credit Suisse AG – Zurigo a favore di Claudine Giovannoni

 

 

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Un romanzo per sognare… nelle vacanze di Natale!

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Il romanzo si può acquistare in ogni libreria.

ISBN  978 88 98018 07 09  

“Il Segreto degli Annwyn”   di  Claudine Giovannoni

Al costo di euro/fr. 28.- riceverete il libro al vostro domicilio!

Versamento sul conto bancario

CH 83 0483 5050 2339 3000 0

Credit Suisse AG – Zurigo, a favore di Claudine Giovannoni – Brione s/Minusio

Potete inviare la conferma del vostro pagamento con l’indirizzo per la spedizione a:

contact@travelclaudine.ch

Oppure compilate il seguente modulo, riceverò per posta elettronica la vostra richiesta.   Per favore inserite nel “commento” il vostro indirizzo postale dove desiderate ricevere il libro e l’eventuale dedica (ad esempio il nome del destinatario del romanzo).

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Lugano Novel Presentation

In truth I didn’t expect again so many people… and a couple of surprises most welcomed! It’s wonderful to be able to share these emotions with very old friends… I’m sure the adventure of Chrysalis and Joshua will mark our future, in every sense. Both boys, although they were very excited and despite the hot afternoon, have proven musical sensibility. The prof. Alberto and the narrator Margaret, once again, gave birth to my dreams… I admit that it’s always a special feeling to listen to “your written words” which creates something so special….

In verità non mi attendevo nuovamente così tante persone… ed un paio di graditissime sorprese! È meraviglioso poter condividere con vecchi amici queste emozioni… Sono sicura che l’avventura di Chrysalis e Joshua segnerà il nostro futuro, in ogni senso. Entrambi i ragazzi, malgrado fossero emozionatissimi e a dispetto dell’afoso pomeriggio, hanno dato prova di sensibilità musicale. Il prof. Alberto e la voce narrante di Margareth, ancora una volta, hanno dato vita ai miei sogni… ammetto che è sempre un’emozione speciale ascoltare le “proprie parole scritte”….

The final cover of the novel…

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The graphics has remained the same, only for the title was used a larger “character”.

La grafica è rimasta uguale, unicamente per il titolo è stato usato un “carattere”  più grande.

Literary Presentation and Fantasy in Music

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           The Essence of our Future…  starts Today

  sabato 20 aprile 2013 dalle ore 17:00

nella sala patriziale di

Casa Serodine

Vicolo San Pietro 9

6612   Ascona  Canton Ticino

si terrà la  PRESENTAZIONE  del romanzo di   Claudine Giovannoni

 intitolato:

IL  SEGRETO  DEGLI  ANNWYN

                                                                                             collana  “I Randagi”     formato 17×24  248 pag. rilegato  *  Edizioni ULIVO Balerna   ISBN    978 88 98 018 079

Il testo è un‘avventura che inizia proprio nella piccola cittadina di Ascona proiettata nel futuro del 2222

Relatore  prof. Alberto Jelmini  con  la voce narrante di Margareth Maurer

con l’accompagnamento del violoncellista Mátyás Major

 contact@travelclaudine.ch

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copyright picture of Casa Serodine in Ascona  by Lucia Anna Morra