Billy Wilder’s helpful hints for writers:

(and oh how I wish more writers would try out #7!!!!)

1) The audience is fickle.
2) Grab’em by the throat and never let go.
3) Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.
4) Know where you’re going.
5) The more subtle and elegant you are at hiding your plot points; the better you are as a writer.
6) If you had a problem in the third act, your real problem is in the first act.
7) A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add two plus two. They’ll love you forever.

8) In doing voiceovers, be careful not to describe what an audience already sees. Add to what they are seeing.
9) The event that occurs in the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.
10) The third act must BUILD, BUILD and BUILD in tempo and action until the last event.
11) That’s it! Don’t stick around.

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