To date, I’ve written about 15, 000 words in my memoir. In the end, the book will probably contain 60,000+ words, cover my three years at art school, and include several flashbacks. My one-woman show, which covers the same time period, takes 82-minutes to perform. This is why I marvel at the beauty, efficiency and master craftsmanship of the 4-minute montage scene in Pixar’s movie “Up,” which for some reason has been on my mind all week.
Silent except for an Oscar-nominated score, the montage tells the story of Ellie and Carl’s marriage — which spanned decades and includes complex emotionally story lines — using absolutely no dialogue. I watched the scene again, the writer in me wanting to see mastery at work, while the movie goer in me knew what I was about to put myself through, sobbing at the deep love between animated characters. This interview with Peter Docter, the director of “Up,” discusses the choices they made when crafting the scene. In the meantime, grab some tissues and enjoy.
By the way, I’ll be attending the Lake George Theater Lab next week with my director and several other playwrights. It’s a fabulous opportunity to take my one-woman show, “How To Draw a Nekkid Man,” to the next level. It’s a also very rural area with limited internet service, so a blog may not be possible. I’ll be back July 26 — thanks for your support!
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