David Mamet’s “The Unit” ran on CBS from 2006 to 2009 and covered the lives of secret military operatives. Prior to airing, Mamet wrote this memo to the writing staff chock full of useful writing tips.
This memo to the writers of The Unit, David Mamet (the show’s executive producer) provides a short but master class in writing for television. Only Mamet can give a writing memo in all-caps and get away with it.Read More
Charlie Rose has a conversation with playwright and filmmaker David Mamet who talks about his book “Bambi vs. Godzilla” which serves as an insider’s look at and critique of the entertainment business.Read More
John August (co-writer of Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle) asks his readers to comment on this quote by David Mamet: “People have tried for centuries to use drama to change people’s lives, to influence, to comment, to express themselves. It doesn’t work. It might be nice if it worked for those things, but it doesn’t. The Read MoreRead More
by D.B. Gilles Raymond Chandler wrote his first screenplay at 56. He didn’t even publish his first novel until he was 51. For the record, he wrote the original screenplays for ‘Double Indemnity’ and ‘Strangers On A Train.’ In 1939, after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s career as a novelist had faltered, he needed money fast. He Read MoreRead More