EVERY SCENE MUST BE DRAMATIC. THAT MEANS: THE MAIN CHARACTER MUST HAVE A SIMPLE, STRAIGHTFORWARD, PRESSING NEED WHICH IMPELS HIM OR HER TO SHOW UP IN THE SCENE. THIS NEED IS WHY THEY CAME. IT IS WHAT THE SCENE IS ABOUT. THEIR ATTEMPT TO GET THIS NEED MET WILL LEAD, AT THE END OF THE SCENE, TO FAILURE – THIS IS HOW THE SCENE IS OVER. IT, THIS FAILURE, WILL, THEN, OF NECESSITY, PROPEL US INTO THE NEXT SCENE.” David Mamet Back in 2010 I wrote […]

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Here are some quotes pulled from my older posts Writing Actor Bait (2012) and Writing for Movie Stars (2010): “Producers and directors buy a property because they like the story. Actors buy it because they see them­selves in a part. ” Jerry Lewis The Total Film-Maker “If you want to attach a star, then you really […]

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“It’s not a movie if it’s not a horror on the set. If you’re dealing with talent…that are passionate…they are going to be opinionated. And there are bound to be differences. And that’s when magic happens.” Precious director and Empire creator Lee Daniels Independent Film interview with Corey Boutilier Quote pulled from my January 17, 2010 […]

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Ramadan is over, The new moon’s shown her face, I’m halfway round the planet, In a most unlikely place Far Side of the World lyrics by Jimmy Buffett I’ll end this 10 part look at Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown  with a couple of interviews that given you a better glimpse of how that show is […]

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Following the Steve Martin advice to “Be so good they can’t ignore you” is the story of Jacob Fray.

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“If the show goes badly, we tell that story anyway.” Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain Every production has its trouble spots, but Parts Unknown hosts Anthony Bourdain takes comfort in knowing that the worst disasters often make for good television. Why? Because conflict holds our attention. And for Bourdain’s show that strives for authenticity, inauthenticity is […]

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“Is sound going to be a problem? Yeah. Is lighting going to be a problem? Yeah. Does that matter? No.” Executive Producer Chris Collins while shooting footage on the streets of India      

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This is Part 7 of a string of posts of the show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, but technically we’re looking at a quote about Bourdain’s other show The Layover. Those shows are a great example of nimble, small crew storytelling. In other posts, I’ve mentioned where Bourdain not only doesn’t like the who shotgun/boom thing […]

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“So the first thing in building an episode is to research where we’re going. Preproduction is extremely critical. We don’t land in a country and rely on our wits and charm—we let Tony do that, we can’t. So there are a lot of logistics and things we need to think through—it’s like planning a dysfunctional […]

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“Any human story you set in Rome to me is visually interesting.” Anthony Bourdain “Rome on No Reservations is probably the show I’m proudest of all the shows we’ve ever done, only because it was the stupidest thing we could possibly have done. We absolutely went against the grain. Even here people there were people […]

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