On the journey to writing a screenplay

These days I am fully committed to researching and writing a screenplay about desertion and rebellion and everything amok during the Philippine-American War, during the general time frame of 1898-1910, although the end date could allude to what follows in  the 1920s, 30s and beyond.  I have found some wonderful characters in a deeply reticulated chain of conflicted situations, and I feel passionate about the project.   In writing this screenplay I am pondering many difficult and unknown areas of thinking (for myself) about story structure, anti-hero characters, forgiveness, and complex interweaving of story lines.  I came across Billy Wilder’s ten rules–in my plebian words, “make them pay attention and make them care.” Here are Billy Wilder’s ten rules — old fashioned but mighty fine.

  1. The audience is fickle.
  2. Grab ’em by the throat and never let ’em go.
  3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.
  4. Know where you’re going.
  5. The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
  6. If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.
  7. A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.
  8. In doing voice-overs, be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they’re seeing.
  9. The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.
  10. The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then—that’s it. Don’t hang around.
 It’s a deep journey but that’s the reward.
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Website to app

TURNING A WEBSITE INTO AN APP

An app doesn’t need an internet connection to work, which means your mobile app can always be opened in exotic locales where internet may be unreliable or unavailable.  We, Americans, must not forget perhaps half the world’s population never made or received a phone call.  Many areas have not been mapped or developed.  The internet is a privilege for the minority.

Bangkok, Museum of Floral Culture

 

 

For future reference in Bangkok:

Museum of Floral Culture

This is one of Bangkok’s gorgeous surprises.
The creation of Thai floral artist Sakul Intakul, the museum is for flower and nature lovers and those with an interest in Thai flower culture. It features exhibits of important floral cultures from civilizations across Asia such as Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Laotian and Balinese/Indonesian.
It’s housed in a beautifully preserved, 100-year-old teak mansion with colonial architecture. Lush grounds have been transformed into an impeccably landscaped Thai-meets-Zen-style garden.
The Museum of Floral Culture, 315 Samsen Rd. Soi 28, Yaek Ongkarak 13, Dusit, Bangkok 10300 Thailand, +66 2 669 3633

Tape is gone, but it lives on!

A useful writing that explains the absence of audio tape stock.  CLICK HERE

“Recording on tape enforces a musical process, McTear explains. Band members must play together, recording all at once, instead of editing and manipulating sounds so perfectly that they’re perfectly boring.”  I love this approach to musicianship and recording arts.

https://whyy.org/segments/whatever-happened-to-tape/