Billy Wilder: On Writing

Billy Wilder On Writing 1nbspnbsp The audience is fickle2nbspnbsp Grab lsquoem by the throat and never let lsquoem go3nbspnbsp Develop a clean line of action for your leading character4nbspnbsp Know where yoursquore going5nbspnbsp The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points the better you are as a writer6nbspnbsp If you have a problem with the third act the real problem is in the first act7nbspnbsp A tip from Lubitsch Let the audience add up two plus two Theyrsquoll love you forever8nbspnbsp In doing voice-overs be careful not to describe what the audience already sees Add to what theyrsquore seeing9nbspnbsp The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie10 nbspThe third act must build build build in tempo and action until the last event and then ndash thatrsquos it Donrsquot hang around Image Vagabond Scholar Article Lists of Note Billy Wilder 22 June 1906 ndash 27 March 2002 was a filmmaker screenwriter producer artist and journalist whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films Wilder is one of only five people to have won Academy Awards as producer director and writer for the same film The Apartment

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.

Image: Vagabond Scholar

Article: Lists of Note

Billy Wilder (22 June 1906 – 27 March 2002) was a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. Wilder is one of only five people to have won Academy Awards as producer, director, and writer for the same film (The Apartment).

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