Yesterday I picked up the Blu-Ray of A Quiet Place. I haven’t bought a movie on the day of its release in years. I wanted to fit in another post about it and landed on this first frame from the movie—DAY 89. That’s minimalistic exposition at its best. It hooks the audience and forces them to […]

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“Water can be very violent, and this is a very difficult [cave rescue] because of the extreme high flow, the zero visibility, the boulder pile chokes, restrictions.” Edd Sorenson in Vox article about daring cave rescue  Now that the 12 young soccer players and their coach have been rescued from a cave in Thailand, we can […]

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“The last 15 minutes of any movie are the most important, but the first 15 pages of any screenplay are the most important just from the standpoint of getting the movie made. I’m talking to young writers now who want to get their foot in the door. They want their scripts made. If you have […]

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“I always think people should think of comedies as dramas when you’re writing… They should work just as well if there aren’t any jokes.”  Writer/Director Judd Apatow Masterclass

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Making connections—that’s what I do. Today I’m connecting the Judd Apatow/James L. Brooks grace note concept to two films that had basically the same grace note: “You don’t need everyone to love you. Just a few good people.” Charity Baily to her husband P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman (2017) Written by Jenny Bicks and Bill […]

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“A lot of people think that my films are attempting to be moral in some way. And they usually say it as an insult. But I do think that’s probably true to some extent because I want people to be better. I want people to try to be better. And I like showing the struggle […]

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“Wile E. Coyote is always trying again. He’s always trying again. When he fails, he tries again. His one goal in life is to catch the Road Runner. Nothing will force him to give up.” David Mamet Masterclass “Stanislavsky said something great. He said the most interesting thing in the world is a guy trying […]

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“Never put two people in a room who agree on anything.” Lew Hunter In this corner weighing‚..okay, I don’t know what any of these guys weigh. But they’re all heavyweights. Giants in contemporary film and/or theater. But the one thing I’ve learned over the years from the 700+ writers and filmmakers I’ve quoted on this […]

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“Never put two people in a room who agree on anything.” Lew Hunter In this corner weighing‚..okay, I don’t know what any of these guys weigh. But they’re all heavyweights. Giants in contemporary film and/or theater. But the one thing I’ve learned over the years from the 700+ writers and filmmakers I’ve quoted on this […]

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“Never put two people in a room who agree on anything.” Lew Hunter In this corner weighing‚..okay, I don’t know what any of these guys weigh. But they’re all heavyweights. Giants in contemporary film and/or theater. But the one thing I’ve learned over the years from the over 700 writers and filmmakers I’ve quoted on […]

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