Aug 9 • 10M

Are You Boring?

Rob Long explores one of the great fears of life and show business alike

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When you’re filming a movie or a television show, when it’s the last shot of the day, the first assistant director will call out, “This is the Martini Shot!” I call these stories “Martini Shots” because they’re exactly the kinds of stories we tell — and lessons we learn — after we’ve wrapped for the day. - Rob Long
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Rob Long’s cardinal rule in life and showbiz: don’t be boring. At least when creating for the screen, forget every simple formula you’ve ever heard for screenwriting success, because only one thing really matters — keeping the audience engaged. Even if that involves a cigarette in Humphrey Bogart’s hand. You see, it’s all part of our desperate need for reassurance that someone is listening and engaged. Now, if only his friend would stop tapping his arm…

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