Stasis = Death

I’m constantly reminded of myself and my surroundings that most of us live in a perpetual state of “Act One Syndrome.” What I’m referring to is the scriptwriting term Stasis = Death coined by the late Blake Snyder, writer of the Save the Cat! 

Now this book (along with the credibility of the author mentioned above), are much maligned in its effectiveness and validity in the screenwriting world. It is not my intention to prove or disprove the accusations, but today I will elaborate on the principles he has used in his scripts and tie them into the real-life observations I had made.Read More »

“You Want To Make Movies? Oh. Wow.”

I’d recently had a conversation with a dear friend comparing professions. As you may know from this blog, my desire is become a filmmaker and to give others the sense of wonder I grew up yearning. My friend is working her way towards becoming a counselor.

She marveled at my choice profession, amazed by the overwhelming goal of it all. This made me think, “Why am I not so taken aback like everyone else with whom I discuss this career path? Why do people react this way?” It almost became frustrating to hear people react surprisingly. Yes, I know there is little filmmaking in Maine, but I know this is what I want to do.

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