A blogger named Scott recently responded to John August and Craig Mazin's discussion of Charlie's BAFTA lecture, and August and Mazin have posted a response to Scott's response. I could've sworn I had the link to Scott's blog somewhere in my computer, but do you think I can find it now? No. I can't. Sorry, guys. (I had a link to someone's response to the podcast. Maybe it wasn't Scott's. I don't know any more.) [Update: found it, and it wasn't Scott's blog; it was Josh Barkey's. And it wasn't even a response to August and Mazin. Duh me. Senility approacheth.]
ANYWAY. Here's the beginning of August and Mazin's latest post re: Charlie:
Responding to our podcast Zen and the Angst of Kaufman, reader Scott argues that Charlie Kaufman is in fact thinking of the audience:
He's just like you. He's trying to write movies that HE would want to sit in a theater and watch. But what he likes to watch is something true, not something he's seen before in a slightly different form. We may not be entertained by this, either because our culture has trained us that a movie should be a certain way, or because we simply like different things than Charlie Kaufman likes (because everyone's different).
He's putting himself in the theater seats as he writes, as we writers should, but he's asking us to be a more critical audience of ourselves than real audiences actually are.
We're conflating two points here. I think both are valid, but they shouldn't be confused:
- Screenwriters should write movies they themselves want to see.
- Screenwriters should consider the point-of-view of the audience. (Source)
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