David Mamet's Master Class Memo to the Writers of The Unit

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  08 August 2017
David Mamet's Master Class Memo to the Writers of The Unit

CBS's drama The Unit, about the lives of the highly trained members of a top-secret military division, was canceled last year, but a memo to its writing staff from its executive producer David Mamet has just surfaced online. (The source appears to be the online writing collective Ink Canada.) If you think you know where this is heading, you might be wrong:Besides the fact that it's written in all-caps, there's nothing particularly ranty, pejorative or potty-mouthed about it. Rather, Mamet lays down an extremely sensible case for what makes good television, imploring them to avoid expository writing for what he characterizes as authentic "drama." Along the way, he refers repeatedly to the "blue-suited penguins" (probably the copious-note-givers at the network), while passing along some very useful advice ("any time two characters are talking about a third, the scene is a crock of shit") and helpful writing exercises ("pretend the characters can't speak and write a silent movie"). Screenwriters, take note: You may think you knew this already, but there's nothing like Mamet for a good kick-in-the-ass reminder
http://movieline.com/2010/03/23/dav...rs-of-the-unit/
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  08 August 2017
you gotta love Mamet!
 
  08 August 2017
The Blue-Suited Penguins Series is awesome .... When will the new series be on Netflix ??
 
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