Don’t dream of writing without them

In Drafts, Film, proto drafts on January 4, 2014 at 7:34 am

The movie paired Pierre Richard with a young and trim Gérard Depardieu. No matter what circumstances prevailed, the Richard character made the wrong choice. One chair with a broken leg in the fifty options available? Richard heads straight for it. Wrong venue, wrong time, faulty risk appraisal? Trust Richard. Why does the desperate father pair the crack-shot detective with the loser? Because his gut tells him the loser will lead the crack-shot straight to his ditzy, disaster-prone daughter. The plan works. Somewhere on the banks of an Amazonian river, the loser and the ditzy heiress drift off on a broken pontoon. The music soars and the credits roll.

Re-writes. Moving scenes around. Pushing  characters over edges.

The flaws. The rationalizations. The blind spots. All those things that seemed like such a great idea, at the time.


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