When you’re this big, they call you R2: The real star of STAR WARS

“Reel 2, Dialogue 2.” I read that Walter Murch had a system of abbreviations for recording these things, and when reading “R, 2; D, 2” aloud, George Lucas, reading or scribbling in the back of the editing room, glanced up and said, “What a wonderful name!”, and jotted it down. I never liked R2-D2 aesthetically; …

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 …