Thursday, September 3, 2009

Billy Wilder's Tips for Writers

Billy Wilder is one of the all-time greats. Here are his tips:

1. The audience is fickle.

2. Grab 'em by the throat and never let 'em go.

3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.

4. Know where you're going.

5. The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.

6. If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.

7. A tip from Lubitsch: "Let the audience add up two plus two. They'll love you forever."

8. In doing voice-overs, be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they're seeing.

9. The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.

10. The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then -- that's it. Don't hang around.

11. You can be subtle. As long as it's obvious.

1 comment:

  1. I am a very longtime fan of Wilder.
    Every writer can take lessons from him.
    I can honestly say I envy his talent.
    I can not say anymore I will not stop.
    He is the best ever!