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10/19/2005 - Larry Turman's Thoughts (No. 10)
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Conflict is what makes most drama go. A classic acting exercise is two people in a room, and after a disagreement one gets up to leave, but the other doesn't want him to. Does he jump in front of the door and bar his exit? Does he apologize and try to sweet talk him into staying? Does that person forcibly grab the other? The point being two people who want opposite things is always an interesting situation. That's why, in my opinion, professional football and basketball are the two biggest forms of showbusiness in America. Every single play, each moment, has conflict and great suspense, both teams want to win, but there can only be one winner, and the game often isn't decided until the final minutes.

You should carry that philosophy into your script. Your leading character is the home team, the audience is rooting for. They want him to win whatever it is he's going after. Or if he loses, they'll accept it if it is for a noble understandable reason (Montgomery Clift's death at the end of From Here to Eternity).

This would be the end of my 10 entries tiimed around the publication of my book "So You Want To Be A Producer," but I'm enjoying this so much I'm going to do two or three more.....

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