LR103104: Catastrophe Can Be Fun!

This documentary is a disaster, and I really dig it. I’m lost. It’s hopeless. I can’t nail the best midpoint. I don’t know where the Chicago-Toronto references should begin in Set Up and which ones should come in later at Conflict and post-Midpoint etc. It’s a monster I have unleashed into my own house. But …

Patterns: Beating sheets

I was asked recently (by a novelist) “how do you do a beat sheet”? It gets easier the more you do, though there’s no science to it; people  certainly disagree on them.  I put a lot of time and energy into unravelling THE DARK KNIGHT, which I found mystifying; I’ve read other versions that I …

LE DÎNER DES CONS, or, THE DINNER GAME

I cut a dialogue reel of this movie, excising silence, music, and sound effects, reducing it to a one hour track of talking only, and then exported it as an MP3 to my MP3 player.  I’ve probably listened to it over 50 times.  More than anything, and especially in its juxtaposition of a successful businessman …

Patterns: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (AND ARC)

If you’re a screenwriter you’ve probably talked a great deal already about RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: it fascinates people.  It’s so “typical” in its structure yet so “atypical” at the same time. This is a special movie; like James Bond, but more rough & tumble, with a mystical, divine intervention.  Jamie Nash was dubious …

Patterns: BATMAN

You have to be careful talking about movies; often, much of your thinking on it is totally subjective to your like or dislike of it.  Certainly, this is routinely the case for me.  If a movie really bugged me, I can point out its “structural weaknesses” which prove its failure, while if I loved it, …