Archive for May 14, 2010

Buster Keaton on collaboration

Posted in FILM with tags , on May 14, 2010 by dcairns

‘Any time you’re shooting gags, or laying ‘em out in advance, you so often run into guesswork, or “Maybe his way is better than doing it mine,” and you try to sell yourself one way or the other because there is a certain amount of guess. Has to be. But every once in a while… ain’t no guesswork. This is one of ‘em.’

During a slightly strenuous few days of script revision, I more than once found myself thinking of these lines from BUSTER KEATON RIDES AGAIN. Which is pretty presumptuous, identifying with a bona fide genius, one of the few men in this business who really knew what he was doing. Still, comforting.

And on the plus side, the process of hacking away at everybody’s different slant on the story has, finally, hopefully, resulted in a healthier script going forward to be pitched around the Croisette, by happier, more confident producers.

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