Screenwriting : Phillip's chosen profundity for a woozy Wednesday by Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

Phillip's chosen profundity for a woozy Wednesday

This is an amazing quote from the great Raymond Chandler: “The challenge of screenwriting is to say much in little and then take half of that little out and still preserve an effect of leisure and natural movement.” In my parlance this means if it doesn't add value, lose it.

Bill Costantini

Great scripts are loaded with only what is important. Isn't it awesome when you read a great script - how every single page is just loaded with important information? I use the phrase "important information" in a very specific way. All of that "important information" moves the story along - flashbacks, too - and is pertinent action and dialogue that is hopefully entertaining and informational. Bad scripts...you can read through a page or two, and think...."what the cruck does that have to do with anything? It's useless fluff." I read the Gangs of New York script last night. What a great script. Every single word matters.

Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

Bill: Love Gangs of New York Script. Love DDL's performance. Didn't love Leo or Cameron's performance. I think two more suitable actors would have made GNY a masterpiece instead of just a good movie. DDL was extraordinary.

Douglas Eugene Mayfield

For any who are interested in writing crime scripts, Raymond (In my view, 'The Great') Chandler wrote an interesting essay on how to write crime fiction. You can find it with an on line search.

Bill Costantini

Douglas - I love that article. He slams a lot of the previous detective story writers in it. There is also a great article that features a lot of quotes by Mr. Chandler ("Lighten Up, Ray."), and his Ten Commandments for the Detective Novel. He sure was a pistol. Youtube has a lengthy conversation between Mr. Chandler and Ian Fleming that's very interesting, too - as is The Great Detectives:The Simple Art of Murder on youtube.

Douglas Eugene Mayfield

Bill - Chandler and Ian Fleming?! I will track that one down. :) Thanks.

Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

For those of your readers who are interested, I believe this is the Chandler Essay that Douglas and Bill have referred to. http://www.en.utexas.edu/amlit/amlitprivate/scans/chandlerart.html Also refer to his ten commandments of detective writing.

Fiona Faith Ross

I wish I felt woozy but I'll have to wait until the bar opens.

Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

DMA: Daniel Day Lewis is one of the most remarkable actors of our time or any other period. He so physically and mentally immerses himself into the characters he portrays that the end result is always astonishing. I loved In the Name of the Father and My Left Foot. Though I'm not a fan of the Lincoln Film, his performance is perfect. His over the top work in There Will Be Blood also makes me think I would never try to take his milkshake.

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