Friday, March 02, 2007

Coulda shoulda woulda

Last night at the City Walk sucked. Dead, made $25 in two hours and called it a night. It was cold and lonely. I was supposed to play poker at Joey's house after work, but that petered out.

So I spent some time downloading the demo version of Final Draft (a screen writing program), and playing with that some. It's a different way to write that's for sure. Makes you think more in terms of a 3 dimensional story. Where the shot is coming from? What are the scenes, transitions and action? I thought it might be interesting to define my magic act in the same terms. Look at each trick as a scene and see how it all comes together in the end. Because. . . what's a story without an ending? Who said my act? I heard that.

Just got off the phone with Bill Goodwin, were gonna get together for a few hours this evening before I work the City Walk and he mans his post as the Castle Librarian. Bills got a great sense of where a trick is heading, I'll have to pick his brain a bit and see what he thinks of dissecting a trick from a story perspective. Not a story trick mind you (however, it could be) but, just any trick. Where does it go, is there a good ending. How did it make you feel.

At some point I'd love to take some classes that might help me in my quest. Time and money, those are the killers. Here's a class I'd like to take but it's on the weekend. I can't see blowing off the only two days that I make good money to do this. Oh well, it sounds interesting.


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March 2, 2007
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