it’s the drama, stupid, now as then

February 13, 2007 § Leave a comment

We have found out it isn’t necessary for a photodrama to have only one dramatic scene, but each scene must be a drama in itself. The whole picture must be made up of a series of small dramas. This makes the completed drama a mosaic of little ones. Scenes that have no dramatic value in them, or say nothing, must be eliminated. So the scenario writer must bear in mind at all times not what he can put into a picture, but what he can leave out. If each scene has a why and a wherefore and an excuse for being, then you get a perfect continuity.
Jeanie Macpherson, Moving Picture World, 11 july 1917

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