Questions Actors Handbook
1. Who is more responsible for creating the moment, the actors
or the director?
2. What if the actor doesnt consider a scene to be fun?
3. Isnt Joe supposed to be in love with Lorna AND make her
There's a lot of advice out there of crushing it "in the room."
The best thing you can do is know your story, so that when they ask you
questions, you can answer them.
Do not wing it. Be prepared.
The first thing you need to know is that wh
What Makes Good Dialogue?
Believable vs. Realistic
- Realistic dialogue is annoying, hard to follow, and rambly.
- In real life, 90% of what people say is fluff.
- In film, everything your characters say has to matter, even when you
mean it to lo
Sacredness of Character
Character is the most important thing you will write, because every story is
The most important character you will write.
Audience rides through your story on the back of your protagonist.
Breaking the Story
Refers to breaking your story down into chunks.
A story consists of units of conflict, piled one on top of the other, until the story
Kind of like Jenga.
Your job is to break your story into units of conflict that pile on one
How to Make Feedback Work For You
Dealing with feedback is an essential part of the process for every writer, director
In order to incorporate feedback into your work properly, you need to be able to
receive and give feedback.
When we talk about writing action today, I'm not talking about action as a
We're not shooting things up.
Expressing character through action.
Writing action isn't just about blocking.
When you write action
I expect you t
Basic Concepts to Remember
Any properly-built structure will work.
Structure gives the story a framework, and an escalation strategy.
Structure is the framework on which you hang your magic.
The Rules of Structure
Know who your protagonist/antag
Red (2010) Notes
Frank Moses - What does he want? A normal life and Sarah
Cooper - What does he want? Hunt and kill Frank Moses
Strengths? Intelligent, smart, charming, physically fit, badass, passionate, wise
Moonstruck (1987) - Notes
Loretta - What does she want? She wants luck/tradition
Loretta (Int. antagonist) - What does she want?
Strengths? Independent, caring
John Michaels woke up on that sunny Friday morning with a
smile on his face.
He had every reason to be happy.
was fresh and warm, he had a full weekend ahead of him, and he
was finally about to be done with the three-test week th
What I Love
1. Buffalo Bills
2. Syracuse University
3. My Friends
4. My Family
What I Hate
2. People who dont take advantage of opportunity
3. News stories that are fabricated out of thin
Episodic and New Media
Up until now, we've been talking about single, long-form storytelling.
There are many different kinds of storying telling out there.
A long-form story (movies, novels) is told with one protagonist, one goal, no