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Miguel's latest book (English-language) is available online (see excerpts below). To place an order, please send request to: miguel.machalski6@gmail.com. Thank you!

120px-Flag_of_Spain.BMP Es legítimo cuestionarse, ante el caos que parece reinar en el mundo actual, qué sentido tiene estar haciendo películas y contando historias. Esto sería olvidar la importancia que revisten las historias para intentar explorar y entender ese caos, su potencial de aportar luz y abrir horizontes. Claro que no cualquier película o historia: estamos hablando de aquéllas, logradas o no, que son movidas por una búsqueda auténtica de significado. Las que más allá de lo que cuentan, procuran hablar de algo esencial..

120px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.BMP We may legitimately wonder, when faced with the chaos today’s world seemed utterly steeped in, what the point is in making films and telling stories. But we would be forgetting how important stories are to attempt to explore and understand that chaos, their potential to shed light and open horizons. Not, of course, just any film or story: we are talking about those that, for better or for worse, are genuinely searching for meaning. Those which, over and above the tales they tell, try to say something of consequence.

 

120px-Flag_of_France.BMP On peut raisonnablement se demander, face au chaos qui semble régner dans le monde d’aujourd’hui, quel est le sens de faire des films et raconter des histoires. C’est oublier l’importance que revêtent les histoires pour explorer et comprendre ce chaos, leur potentiel d’apporter une lumière et d’ouvrir des horizons. Mais pas n’importe quel film ou quelle histoire, bien sûr : nous parlons là de ceux qui, tant bien que mal, sont à la recherche authentique de sens. Ceux qui, au-delà de ce qu’ils racontent, essaient de dire quelque chose d’essentiel.

Contact: miguel.machalski6@gmail.com   

Track record: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1656311/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

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ONLINE EDITIONS 

To place an order, please click on "Books/libros", then "Orders/Pedidos", in the Presentation box on the left of the homepage or send a request directly to miguel.machalski6@gmail.com

Para hacer un pedido, haz clic en "Books/libros" , luego "Orders/Pedidos", en la casilla Presentation a la izquierda de esta página o enviar pedido directamente a miguel.machalski6@gmail.com

Para fazer um pedido, clicar em "Books/libros" , depois "Orders/Pedidos", no compartimento Presentation à esquerda desta página ou enviar pedido a miguel.machalski6@gmail.com

 

  

ORIGINAL EDITIONS

 

 

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Comentarios sobre "Un viaje azaroso"

 "Lo primero que hace "Un viaje azaroso…" es dinamitar la tranquilidad del que busca fórmulas mágicas, catecismos creativos, recetas para todo el mundo. Sus páginas se abren para el lector como un diálogo creativo, como un viaje enriquecedor en el que la única certeza que nos acompaña es la convicción de que la escritura de un guión —y la realización de un filme, tal como también lo define Almodóvar— debe ser siempre una experiencia personal e irrepe­tible." Fernando Pérez - Cuban filmmaker/screenwriter

 "El título del libro de Miguel Machalski lo coloca en una perspectiva original: en su texto hace una profunda reflexión sobre los problemas con los que se encuentra el guionista en su trabajo, en su “azaroso” recorrido desde el inicio de la escritura hasta la palabra fin. No pretende ofrecer fórmulas ni soluciones. Para el autor está claro que ningún éxito en el cine es una fórmula que deba ser respetada o imitada; en el mejor de los casos, observada. Define claramente su punto de vista: cada film es un film, un guión, un resultado frente al público o a la crítica, que vale solamente para ese proyecto." Jorge Durán - Brazilian filmmaker/screenwriter

 "Un libro sincero, lúcido, sin trampas ni falsas expectativas de manuales de bolsillo ("aprenda a escribir un guión en diez días") y por eso mismo, más eficaz y necesario que muchos de ellos. Un libro escrito desde la praxis, desde el rigor: una reflexión abierta a nuevas vías narrativas y un certero análisis de los condicionantes, tanto profesionales como económicos, que supone abordar la escritura de un guión." Montxo Almendáriz - Spanish filmmaker/screenwriter

 
Comentarios sobre "El punto G"
 
"La primera sorpresa que encontrará el lector es que el autor recorre su trayectoria profesional de un modo muy distinto a lo que uno espera. Sorprende y atrapa. No da soluciones mágicas sino que ofrece un juego de espejos atractivo de leer." Rosa Vergès - Spanish filmmaker / screenwriter 
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WORKSHOPS & LECTURES 2007-2015
 
Latin America:
Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Brazil (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, João Pessoa)
Chile (Santiago de Chile)
Colombia (Ibagué, Medellin, Bogota)
Cuba (San Antonio de los Baños)
Mexico (Guadalajara)
Puerto Rico (San Juan)
Uruguay (Montevideo)
 
 
Africa
South Africa (Durban)
Tunisia (Djerba)
Ile de la Réunion
 
 
Europe
Bulgaria (Sofia)
The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Spain (Barcelona, Sevilla, Madrid, Sitges, Valencia, Cordoba, Salamanca)
Italy (Rome)
Norway (Tromsö)
Switzerland (Locarno)
UK (London)
Russia (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg)
France (Nantes, Toulouse)
Croatia (Zagreb)
Estonia (Tallinn)
Slovenia (Ljubljana)
Greece (Thessaloniki)
Poland (Sterdyn)
 
 
Middle East
Jordan (Amman)
 
 
South East Asia
Indonesia (Jakarta)
Malasia (Kuala Lumpur)
Singapore
Thailand (Bangkok)
 
WORKSHOPS & LECTURES 2016
  • PPP I - Project Development Workshop for Swiss Filmmakers - Rotterdam (January 27-31)
  • SOURCES2 Scriptcheck sessions and Master Class - San Sebastian (March 7-9)
  • SOURCES2 Script Development Workshop I - Tübingen (April 16-22)
  • SOURCES2 Scriptcheck sessions - Sevilla (May 9-11)
  • PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP for Malaysian Filmmakers - Kuala Lumpur (May 27-31)
  • SOURCES2 Script Development Workshop II - FilmCamp - Norway (June 10-16)
  • SOURCES2 Scriptcheck sessions -Barcelona (July 4-5)
  • PPP II - Project Development Workshop for Swiss Filmmakers - Switzerland (July 12-16)
  • EAVE PUENTES - Project Development for European and Latin American Producers - Locarno (August 4-8)
  • SOURCES2 Script Development Workshop I - Follow-up Session - Paris (September 2-6)
  • SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP & MASTER CLASSES for Brazilian Filmmakers - Recife (September 10-19)
  • SOURCES2 Training for Mentors - Oulu (September 23-26)
  • SOURCES2 Script Development Workshop II - Follow-up Session - Paris (October 7-11)
  • PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP for filmmakers in São Paulo - Brazil (October 17-21)
  • BRLAB - Project development for Latin American filmmakers - São Paulo (October 23-29)
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MUSIC:

Soundtrack from 'KLUGE', and other guitar pieces (click on player)

 

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VIDEOS:

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oONw4MLoJzY (Salamanca, 2006)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6022001375596221475 (Cordoba, 2007)


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News - by Miguel 10/08/2010 @ 15:53

WORKSHOPS & LECTURES 2017

  • Núcleo Criativo MATIZAR 1 - Project Development Workshop for 5 Brazilian filmmakers - Online (January 16-19)
  • SOURCES2 Scriptcheck sessions - San Sebastian (March 6-8)
  • SPCINE 1-  Project Development Workshop for 12 Brazilian filmmakers  - Online (March 20-25)
  • SOURCES2 Script Development Workshop I - Luxembourg (March 31-April 6)
  • ​Núcleo Criativo MATIZAR 2 - Project Development Workshop for 5 Brazilian filmmakers - Online (April 24-28)
  • SOURCES2 Scriptcheck sessions - Hamburg (May 8-11)
  • Núcleo Criativo CANTO 1 - Project Development Workshop for 5 Brazilian filmmakers - São Paulo (May 23-27)
  • SOURCES2 Script Development Workshop II - FilmCamp - Norway (June 9-15)
  • SPCINE 2 -  Project Development Workshop for 12 Brazilian filmmakers  - Online (June 26-July 1)
  • CNA - Advanced Workshop for Luxembourg Screenwriters - Luxembourg (September 4-6)
  • SOURCES2 Script Development Workshop I - Follow-up Session - Dates & venue TBC
  • SOURCES2 Script Development Workshop II - Follow-up Session - Dates & venue TBC
  • BRLAB - Project development for Latin American filmmakers - São Paulo (October 20-29)
  • Others to be confirmed at a later date...

 

OTHER NEWS

Excerpts from Miguel's book Stick To Your Story

“Akira Kurosawa claimed a good director could produce a masterpiece with a good script and a mediocre director a passable film with the same script, but no one can make a good film with a bad script.”

“The first step is to have the clearest possible idea of what the film is meant to be: the genre, the theme, the mood, the spirit, the style… It’s worth noting that evident as this may seem, a large percentage of projects lack this clarity, though it may not appear visible at first sight. And developing a script is very often, initially, finding out what the film really is.”

“Over and above technicalities and writing expertise, the first question I ask myself is: Does the script, and more generally the story, plainly evoke and expose what the film is seemingly aiming at? Do we understand what the author is trying to communicate at all levels?”

“A script is both a creative piece of work and a strategic tool. Most films today need a well-crafted script in order to raise money or obtain any form of funding, as well as lay a solid foundation for the film itself. In an ideal world – which as we know we don’t live in – the same script should by rights serve both purposes.”

“Whereas on one hand I hear an ongoing demand for “good stories” and a complaint of the lack thereof, the trend seems to be towards naturalistic, true-to-life realism where the focus is more on social, political or historical issues or re-enactments – i.e. context and circumstances – than on what I call genuine storytelling.”

“Amongst many other things we may be becoming increasingly deprived of (and doubtlessly some of a more vital nature), I believe we are losing the notion of what stories are, and why they are a more important feature of humanness than we may suppose.”

 

 

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