In a way, I'm glad I'm not going. It would kill me to have to choose between those.
“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’.... And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.”
- Maya Angelou
Great article, Charles. Thanks for it. (also I love that you're using the link created by Last Week Tonight)
I was just talking about this the other day with a friend from film school. You can't be taught much more than the basics. Definitions of plot, character, etc. If there was a formula, everybody and their mothers would be screenwriters. Much more useful it is to watch as much movie and TV as you can get your hands on and absorb what works and what doesn't for you, and build some style from there.
these were nice. thanks for sharing!
RE the gender in awards, for some years now I've wanted to see a best female director category in the academy awards. At least the public would have to hear about five to eight big time female directors every year. It would be great to see men and women having a fair fight in a single category, but that seems a bit too utopic for the current times. In almost 100 years, only four women were ever nominated to the category and only one won. I don't think that's changing anytime soon, not without and even bigger re-estruturation of the inner workings of the academy.