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Posts tagged ‘film’


Finding Aaron Sorkin’s (and your own) Voice

My recent post, “Finding Your Authentic Voice” received more responses than anything I’ve written in months. Now, there’s a great montage of clips from Aaron Sorkin’s many major films and tv series that deals very much with the question, “What is one’s “voice”? (See: )

The montage focuses amusingly on how many lines, expressions, questions, etc. Sorkin uses over and over his different works. Read more »


The GOYA Principle

Speaking to a recent UCLA graduate this past week led me to realize the importance of the GOYA Principle, not just for filmmakers, but for everyone who aspires to accomplish something in life.                 Read more »


The Three Act Structure: a Creative Straightjacket

There are those who claim that a film must have a three-act structure, and they often claim that Aristotle gave this “rule” to us. In fact, there were no acts as we define the term today in Greek drama, and Aristotle did not talk about acts at all because the plays he analyzed were all presented in a single continuous performance. Read more »


“Write What You Know?” No.

There is no writer alive who has not been advised, “Write what you know.” And there are few writers who have not, in the course of following this advice, spent months or years producing a personally cathartic but boringly predictable work.     Read more »


“Films Must Have a Happy Ending”: Wrong

The press, audiences, and people in the film industry itself all seem to believe that, to be a success, a Hollywood film must have a happy ending, but as the list below demonstrates, this is not born out by the evidence. While comedies and musicals generally end happily, a very large proportion of the most memorable popular films (those that were popular in their own day and have remained popular) do not. Read more »