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Posts tagged "formulas"
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
A lot of things boil down to ‘All it really is is x and a y.’
Nov 17, 2011
Jul 20, 2011
A.O. Scott, looking back at This Is Spinal Tap, lays out the formula:
- Choose a subject that is almost already a parody of itself.
- The essence of stupidity can only be conveyed through the disciplined application of intelligence.
- Embrace the thing you’re making fun of with the utmost commitment and sincerity.
Sep 30, 2010
I think there are three steps to writing a script. First, you have to have a theme, something you want to say. It doesn’t have to be a particularly great thing, but you have to have something that’s bothering you. In the case of Taxi Driver, the theme was loneliness. Then you find a metaphor for that theme, one that expresses it. In Taxi Driver, that was the cabbie, the perfect expression of urban loneliness. Then you have to find a plot, which is the easiest part of the process. All plots have been done; they’re fairly easy, you just work through all the permutations until the plot accurately reflects the theme and the metaphor. You push the theme through the metaphor and you should come out with the plot.
— Paul Schrader
(I love that substitution for theme: something that’s bothering you
Mar 09, 2010
The business of building stories seems not much different from the business of building anything else.
Apr 02, 2009