Here is an interview from a few years back in which Mamet explains what drama is all about.
And it’s not character development.
It’s about “Get there, that’s all it is. Whatever is happening next.”
Mamet summarizes his view on his craft in a very simple statement.
“The whole idea of drama is three things:
And for the avoidance of doubt:
“There’s no such thing as character development. All there is, is action”
He also talks about the Hero’s Journey and how each story is really the same Hero myth. A fascinating piece.
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3 thoughts on “Video: David Mamet”
I love the insight that the thing we call “character” is nothing more than habitual action.