PATTERNS: Go Fractal

I’ve recently become convinced that, whatever structuring system you use — be it Robert McKee or Syd Field or Blake Snyder/Save The Cat or Chris Vogler or Story Wheel or etc — the patterns all repeat themselves, inside themselves.. The story pattern happens over and over, WITHIN THE LARGER PATTERN; in many of our popular …

Mr. ORCHARD and Mr. Snyder

Re-working Mr. ORCHARD this week (to upload to studios.amazon.com) brought Mr. Blake Snyder to mind quite a lot. If I were to read Mr. ORCHARD without any prior knowledge of it, I can’t imagine I would ever guess that I wrote it; it’s really violent and dark. If I were told in advance what happened …

BICYCLE THIEVES, aka THE BICYCLE THIEF

I watched BICYCLE THIEVES, which I haven’t seen since I thought it was called THE BICYCLE THIEF. SPOILER I really only strongly recalled the scene where the father treats himself and Bruno to lunch; yet, even that felt different than I remembered it! I was awfully surprised how poorly I remembered the story overall; I …