Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Random Thought: Storytelling

To all the playwrights and screenwriters who, I'm sure, do not read this blog: one of the worst tools you can use to firm up your invention is to have a character remark about how "you can't make this stuff up" or some such.

Just...please, don't do it. Because it's a lie. You can make it up. How do I know? Because you did. And then you told an actor to pretend that you didn't. That's what actors do. But that doesn't mean you need to make them give the lie to what you do. Calling attention to the fiction of the fiction that we're watching is just not smart strategy. I'm only thinking of you here.

Okay, run off and play...

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