It’s been a while since I’ve posted on movies, but I was relaxing in front of the tube-o-brain-death the other night and stumbled across the great classic flick, Gone with the Wind. It’s difficult to bypass such a film, so I didn’t try. Instead, I noticed something I’d never noticed before about the movie’s structure–particularly about the structure near the center of the film–and I think there’s a tip or two there for any writer struggling with a sagging middle (and I’m not talking about the end result of eating too much buttered popcorn, either).
Back in the old days, when people used to walk back and forth to school in ten feet of snow (uphill, both ways), the middle of a long film brought along with it an intermission. People would get up, stretch their legs, head for the aforementioned popcorn, some soda and other sweet treats, and then they’d stroll back to the theatre (or their car) to watch the rest of the flick. Unless, of course, the movie stunk, and then they’d just leave.
Hmm. So what did the screenwriter do to ensure their audience didn’t vanish? [Read more…]