Monday, December 8, 2014

David Mamet said somewhere that “almost no one knows how to write a movie script”, which seems to me to be only partially true because a screen story is never entirely written by the screenwriter. It is also “written” by the director, in the casting and in rehearsals and by the actors in performance, and by the editors and sound mix people, and finally by the audience. Mamet went on to say that “all movie scripts contain material that cannot be filmed”, and about this he was absolutely correct. Just as the script must contain emotions that can’t be expressed in the text itself, so too does the film depend on the magic of what isn’t actually on the screen but breathing and alive in the invisible interplay of what can be shown and can be heard.

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