May 16th, 2009

trees over Jet

On Directing Film

I'm now utterly in love with David Mamet. My favorite quote so far from On Directing Film:

Mamet: What do we do first?
Student: Establish the character.
Mamet: The truth is, you never have to establish the character. In the first place, there is no such thing as character other than the habitual action, as Mr. Aristotle told us two thousand years ago. It just doesn't exist.

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