Happy Birthday: David Mamet

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

davidmametDavid Mamet

Born: November 30, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

There’s no such thing as character development; all there is is action.

Working as a screenwriter, I always thought that ‘Film is a collaborative business’ only constituted half of the actual phrase. From a screenwriter’s point-of-view, the correct rendering should be ‘Film is a collaborative business: bend over’.

In my experience, almost every financial interchange with Hollywood ends with an accusation by the corporation of theft. ‘You didn’t do what I wanted, you didn’t work hard enough, you intended to defraud me.’ These are the recurring plaints of industry. They may be translated as: You forgot to work for nothing.

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Gene Hackman
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Val Kilmer
Kristen Bell
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Chiwetel Ejitofor
Alice Braga

Born in Chicago in 1947, as a young man Mamet was already a…

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