GOLDFISH: Save The Cat

The local film co-op’s ‘screenwriter’s circle’ unanimously absolutely hated this script as ‘unfilmable’ and lacking any structured story It really ruffled feathers… one guy even refused to discuss it at all, refusing to say a single word Honestly I was a bit surprised how upset some people were. It got zero positive comments (except one …

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 …

Patterns: Writing A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussycat

I lost track of how many pages I did today; it went well, and I made it into what Blake Snyder would call Bad Guys Move In, approaching what Christopher Vogler or Robert McKee would call the Belly of the Beast.  I think I’m making good progress and that today I got on a lucky …

Protesters & Wonks

Yesterday evening on the streetcar I read this article by Ajay Shah and really identified with the feeling that protests aren’t enough. In a nutshell: “The workings of government are a vast clanking machinery with many moving parts. When you see something going wrong in the outcomes, it isn’t always easy to diagnose the problems …

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, …