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September 21, 2004

Stop the Script, I want to get off...

There are times when life feels like a movie. When it's exciting, dramatic, and you're up against huge challenges and you, yes - only you, are going to be the person to turn it round. Often in our work lives we are paid according to the level of movie-ness we can handle - how much of a superhero we have it in us to be from day to day.

That Mr McKee talks about this as the classical plot - he says the reason why so many people like The Standard Action Film Script (as opposed to 'art' films) is because we see ourselves in the mode of the characters. We move through life in linear time, acting against external factors (with a bit of internal conflict), and where we have control over our own destinies.

But very occassionally you have rumbles of things happening that could completely turn your life around. And not in a good way.

And then you have to remember *not* to want the story. That life *isn't* a movie. That you *don't* want the drama.

It's hard being dull at times. But necessary.

Posted by Tom Dolan at September 21, 2004 12:12 PM

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