Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Quote of the Day

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One must look honestly at what one has done, and to compare it to what one was trying to do. To learn useful mechanical lessons from the comparison is difficult; many workers in the theater never learn to do it.

David Mamet, Writing in Restaurants

Written by nevalalee

October 10, 2018 at 7:30 am

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  1. This reminds me – in a sort of slanted way – of the time I went to an event featuring a filmmaker who showed us his movie. There was one shot that was endless – the wake of a boat, seen from the stern. When the screening was over he told us how proud he was of that shot because he stood in that small boat for a full five minutes holding the camera absolutely still. He was so proud of HOW he got the shot that he couldn’t see that he kept too much of it in the movie, that his own pride ruined the momentum of the film.


    October 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm

  2. @thatneilguy: I know exactly what you mean!


    October 10, 2018 at 2:06 pm

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