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“Rubbers” are “Erasers”

I made up my mind to leave Ireland sometime in my second month of living with a hole in the roof of my attic bedroom in a shared house.   I’m not from Ireland, so leaving was not some immigrant story. The hole in the roof was not a mater of squalor or deprivation. I… Read more »

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Story Structure in ‘Sully’ – Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

Sully is the true story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) who crash-landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson river, in 2009, saving everyone onboard. It’s an incredible story, but how do you make a  ninety minute feature out of a flight that lasted a mere 200 seconds? Sully solves this problem with a technique Hitchcock… Read more »

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Story vs. Plot

E.M Forester’s Aspects of the Novel (put it on your list, it’s like a pocket MFA) outlines the difference between story and plot: Story can only have one merit: that of making the audience want to know what happens next. ‘The king died and then the queen died’ is a story.’ ‘A plot is also a narrative… Read more »

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Shot Reverse Shot for Writers

If you watch one video online this week, make it this video essay on the Cohen Brothers’ use of the shot reverse shot from the Every Frame a Painting series. Prepare to never look at a scene the same way again. Shot reverse shot is when each character gets their own shot, back and forth… Read more »