This was a commercial that I acted in for the insurance company Avvo. I am the guy eating ice cream that gets buried in bags of mulch. Fun times. Plastic ice cream.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
Too many times, writers mistake information for drama. The need to make sure that the audience understands everything, that nothing is left out, overcomes our better judgement and as a result we write undramatic drivel that serves no purpose except to inform. Continue reading “The Difference Between Drama and Non-Drama”
“Film should be looked at straight on; it is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.”
“A good movie is three good scenes and no bad scenes.” – Howard Hawks
This was Howard Hawks’ answer when asked what makes a good movie. It sounds simple but it is easier said than done.
Enjoy this great scene from the movie Sling Blade.
If you’ve ever looked for screenwriting advice in books, on the internet, though seminars or even on the “Ask The Expert” feature on Final Draft, you’ll invariably come across the importance of the three act structure. All the books and gurus talk about how Aristotle detailed the theory of dramatic structure by breaking down story into three acts. Continue reading “The Myth of the Three Act Structure”