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by Brad Stevens
Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:05 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

I'm starting to find that destroying Josh's arguments is taking up far too much of my time. Fortunately, his arguments have become so silly that I've discovered I merely have to move a few of his statements around, and let his arguments destroy themselves: Josh says "there's a universe of diffe...
by Brad Stevens
Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

"There IS a difference between writing an email and a novel. There is a difference between writing a book about a subject, and actually DOING the subject." This is precisely the problem I have with the 'Screenwriter is God' brigade. There is an enormous difference between conceiving of a f...
by Brad Stevens
Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

"It's an interesting rabbit hole we've fallen into here, though. We often toss out the barb that critics cannot create art - Behan's lovely quote about eunichs at the orgy comes to mind" I prefer D H Lawrence's remark about how there was an obvious continuity between the artist's explorati...
by Brad Stevens
Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:06 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

"But...but BRAD! EVERYONE here has done that with you." True enough. Trying to explain auteurism to this crowd is rather like trying to explain atheism on a website run by religious fundamentalists. "It isn't because you merely "disagree". It's because you're mudslinging poo...
by Brad Stevens
Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:09 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

Wow. I mean.... Wow. We have flown off the map, and are now in cloud cuckoo land. When I comment on what Josh does for a living, his head almost explodes, and he tells me that I don't know what I'm talking about. When Josh comments on what I do for a living, and I suggest that HE doesn't know what ...
by Brad Stevens
Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:16 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

"But the difference between writing an e mail and writing a novel is as vast as the known universe. The difference between writing a book about a filmmaker and BEING a filmmaker is night and orange."

Spoken like man who has never written a book in his life.
by Brad Stevens
Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:40 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

"Rich, we can win in Iraq if we send a special task force of auteurs like Peter Bogdanovich. All we need to do to motivate them is tell them that the insurgents want possessive credit." But why bother actually sending anybody to Iraq? Why don't we leave the war to the screenwriters? They c...
by Brad Stevens
Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

"And, as a point of note, I know a heckuva lot more about publishing than I do filmmaking. Anne Rice may publicly rail against an editor, but I assure you she's an extremely rare exception if, indeed, she isn't edited (and I'd seriously doubt she isn't)." Well, that's what SHE claims. I ma...
by Brad Stevens
Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

I have the feeling that this discussion is starting to wind down, which is almost certainly a good thing. But I would like to comment on the following: "Consider your suggestion that the screenwriter is unimportant (which is, essentially, what you're doing) in the same breathe as "well, wr...
by Brad Stevens
Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

Barber - Not wishing to be pedantic, but an epithet is simply a descriptive phrase or word. For the record, I have no actual objection to Josh calling me a dipshit - I simply take it as a sign of the weakness of his position. "Quoting a director's description of what a screenwriter should be is...
by Brad Stevens
Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:44 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

I have said that an exception disproves a rule, which is a completely different thing. But where did I say that an exception DOES prove a rule? You may not have said it, but you keep DOING it. David, I'm really not trying to be difficult, but I simply can't understand what you are trying to say. Th...
by Brad Stevens
Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:49 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

Donald Petersen - "Speaking of television, two of my favorite series ever, Deadwood and The West Wing , are products of guys who are well-known for exerting a large degree of creative control on their shows. David Milch and Aaron Sorkin may not be Brad's idea of creative geniuses, but I, at lea...
by Brad Stevens
Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:40 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

And every now and then, you come across some dipshit who's done about one percent of the work you have, and he tells you, No. I've studied this art, too, and first of all, you're just a handmaid to the real artists, and I know this because I understand the work better than you do. This guy... he ha...
by Brad Stevens
Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:30 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

You keep arguing specific points and ignoring the main one: which is that a director simply doesn't have a movie to shoot without at least some, and usually most of these elements . . . which are usually obtained from somewhere, and someeone, else. You keep MAKING specific points, and I keep respon...
by Brad Stevens
Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:28 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21456

Josh - "Let me see if I have this right - the person who believes in the unprovable assertion that Director Is God is calling the person who believes in only what he can prove a fundamentalist." No, the person who believes that director are authors is calling the person who believes that S...

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