I posted on the importance of authenticity in storytelling a few days ago and promised a glimpse at one of the big screen’s biggest authentic successes: When Harry Met Sally. If you ever have the opportunity to listen to the movie notes with director/producer Rob Reiner, take it. (In fact, I highly recommend viewing director notes in general, with a notebook and some form of writing utensil in hand. The directorial revelations are almost always enlightening from a writer’s POV.) If you listen to the notes, you’ll hear Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron tell the tale of the tale. They met one day to discuss a movie—not WHMS, either. Ephron didn’t take to whatever Reiner’s concept was, but while they were lunching, they got to talking about men and women, about loss in relationships, about friendships. Ephron was startled by some of what she learned about men, and Reiner was equally stunned by what he learned about women. Ephron began taking notes.
A high concept was born.
Here are just a few of the delicate truths that were revealed about the sexes during that fateful lunch: [Read more…]