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: FUNKYTOWN

The story of a fabulous, even legendary city (the only Canadian city Ian Fleming ever imagined James Bond visiting) passing the torch, FUNKYTOWN takes for granted that its audiences know how Montréal was abandoned for Toronto.  I liked this movie a great deal (though I wish more scenes were in French), however, could a viewer …

PATTERNS: THE BIRDS

THE BIRDS is about women, and women’s relationships, and more specifically, it is about the psychology of women in relation to men, and the effect that men (simply by existing, in a male-dominated world), have on women’s relations to other women. It is about how women (Mothers, Lovers, Friends, Sisters, Daughters, Neighbors) relate and how …