Tag Archives: David Mamet

Ebert’s Best Of

I’m reading Awake In The Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert, borrowed from my local library. The book is an interesting example of some of the problems inherent in assessing many ‘Best Of’ collections. It doesn’t seem to be a collection … Continue reading

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Three Act Structure 3.4: The Final Minutes

The second act usually ends with the protagonist(s) on the verge of defeat, before something happens that brings hope of the possibility of victory. But it can’t be easy or certain. For much of the third act, the antagonists still … Continue reading

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Three Act Structure 2.3: Belly of the Beast

In Three Uses of the Knife, David Mamet identifies the second act of a film or play with Joseph Campbell’s “Belly of the Beast.” (38) In Jonah’s case, it was literal. As Mamet explains, if Act One is the dream, … Continue reading

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Three-Act Structure: Introduction

I recently gave a report on three-act structure. Because  it’s a subject that I gave a lot of thought to, and I’m unwilling to throw stuff away, it’s all being rewritten here. Three-act structure is the general formula for most … Continue reading

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