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65INSIGHT: TED LASSO EXPECTATIONS

This week Catherine and I finish our walk & talk with a conversation about Ted Lasso, and how it is good for your characters (and your audiences) to subvert expectations.

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

Elderly Man River: “Keep in Mind the Tiny Tots” has Always Been With Us

I have a friend that recently was forced to change the lyrics to a country song because the grammar wasn’t correct – and the song was going to be used in kid’s programming, so we can’t have that. In King George and the Ducky Phil Vischer (while I worked on the story, the magic all came from Phil) was able to get away with Larry singing “more wronger” (rhymes with “stronger”) by having Bob point out the error.

To honor the ongoing battle of lyrics (and dialogue) that is less-than-grammatical by design, here is a link to YouTube and Stan Freberg and Daws Butler dealing with the issue in the era of classic radio. https://youtu.be/PLlTlYfqQV4

65 Insight: 3 Stories & A Quiet Place

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote. This is a sample we created as we try to get into shape for the challenge.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

CF Insights: Loki Exposition Finale

Starting August 1st, Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote. This is a sample we created as we try to get into shape for the challenge.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Setups

Here is my take on one of the areas of Fallen Kingdom that helps teach us a nugget about Setups. 

Dialogue as Choreography

A tidbit on approaching dialogue from a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Infinity War: The Ending

In which I discuss Lee Garrison’s questions about the ending of the Avengers movie. Did they make a mistake ending it the way they did?

Advice from Billy Wilder

One of my favorite sites from the past – List of Note. This one features Billy Wilder’s advice, including:

7. A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.

For the full list, head here.

MCU vs DCU

During my interview with Kitty Bucholtz (Write Now! Workshop), I gave my theory on why the Marvel Cinematic Universe is more resonate than the DC Universe (in the movies, that is). And I explain why Infinity War had to end as it did. Enjoy!

For the full interview, go to here.

The Band’s Visit

A brief discussion of setups and payoffs in the musical, The Band’s Visit.