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The following is a Michael Arndt-style analysis using his Insanely Great Endings method to analyze the 2008 hit film TAKEN. Again, a lot of this was just, I had all these ideas in my head and I just wanted to get them out of my head and put them [crosstalk 00:40:40], Jordan Carlos:    Is it something that you enjoy doing, do you enjoy teaching? Are you at liberty to say one? What am I not seeing here?” And it’s that thing where you you come home, you try to plug it all in by yourself and when you totally fail you go, “okay. Jordan Carlos:    Are you from Los Angeles? It’s like any way that you can avoid writing, you know, is you know just distracting yourself with something else. You end up either in Kurtz’s compound or you end up in the Wicked Witch of the West’s castle. Or she is making up stories and they do follow that structure. Jordan Carlos:    They micturated on his rug. I’m in New York. Michael Arndt:  It’s funny how you can, listen man, I’ve watched the last, that climactic few minutes of Graduate, I’ve watched it like 100 times. And also, I feel like there’s a value to audacity, something that’s going to feel a little bit dangerous that you’re doing. And says, I’ve got my money, I’m out of here. They’re the apotheists, they’re the spokesmen of it, and I feel like it’s always very important to have your bad guy, or the person who represents the forces of antagonism, to give voice to those values, and to say “Here’s the way that this world works, buddy, and you better get with the program.”. It took a couple of months, but the screenplay sold and then it took four more years. Jordan Carlos:    Can I ask this, I think you mentioned in the documentary, that this kind of method is impossible to write, or not impossible, but hard to write the first time out? He’s put his observations together as a terrific video that offers great insights and practical advice. So people can get into- [crosstalk 00:12:53] which apartment number? I have no idea. I’d say, I talk about 8 1/2, the Fellini film, that’s a great, great, great ending, and that actually, that’s an ending that sort of does subscribe to the ‘Insanely Great,’ model, because he’s not going to make the film, he’s alienated from his wife, and he hasn’t been able to figure out a coherent and unitary story about his own life. He’s able to…. Usually, the way I started screenplays is I get these huge delusional bursts of enthusiasm and I think, “this is going to be the greatest thing in the world.” And I sit down and I write my first draft and is not great. And coming up with really great characters and coming up with something that’s going to make people lean forward and get excited. Michael Arndt:  With an audience, it always works with an audience. I’ve learned a lot. Jordan Carlos:    I really enjoyed the [inaudible 00:12:09] that you’ve given in writing any screenplay, but I have to ask, what’s your process? Beginnings Endings TS3: Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned TS3: Introduction TS3: Opening TS3: Inciting Incident TS3: First Act Break TS3: Midpoint TS3: Second Act Break TS3: Climax TS3: Summary Endings Addendum Yeah. Vladimir Nabokov had this great line, somebody asked him why does he write the novels that he writes, and he just said “To get them out of my head.”, Jordan Carlos:    And that’s how you feel about. Jordan Carlos:    If we can just speak for a moment about the antagonist’s aria, it’s a term that you coined, correct? What happens? It’s really the way to defeat the bad guy in Star Wars is not just one thing it’s two things because A. you have to have Han come in and embrace the values of team work and cooperation but B. She’s not a beauty queen, mom, she’s just not. Jordan Carlos:    Right. So it is a happy ending, and it’s just not a happy ending in terms of the romance. Like anything is…. Sometimes in a tragedy, the bad dies and prevails and that becomes a tragedy. What are the philosophical stakes for you as a screenwriter? Today, I’m speaking with screenwriter Michael Arndt about his video-lecture “Endings: The Good, The Bad, and The Insanely Great.” Michael’s first feature-link screenplay, “Little Miss Sunshine” earned him the Academy Award and the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Original Screenplay. Now it’s just Williamsburg proper. Michael Arndt:  Money is also time and I figured I had this money in the bank and I basically quit my job and I gave myself a year to get all my screenplays written and the hope was that I would get an agent during that time. She said, “Can I give this to my agent, Tom Strickler?” And so I said, “Yes, please.” Then I waited six weeks and I didn’t hear anything. Because this is a question I always get, and I was almost going to put this as an addendum in the video because when I’ve shown this video I’ve given this lecture, there’s always somebody in the audience that raises their hand and said well, the ending of The Graduate isn’t a happy ending, right, because they’re sitting on the bus, they look lost, they look like they don’t know what they’re going to do, and they could break up tomorrow, blah blah blah. Michael Arndt:  I hope- if it’s helpful to you hopefully it will be helpful to other people. He had heart all along. I’m glad I brought that up. Oh my gosh. I’d love to know the evolution. Jordan Carlos:    We’re going to cut that out, that I don’t know a film. Jordan Carlos:    It’s kind of crazy, right? Jordan Carlos:    I’m Jordan Carlos. Arndt points out that many scripts fail to deliver on their endings. But I always just feel like, eat the dessert first. And I had done that just by instinct with Dwayne and Little Miss Sunshine going backstage. Are you discouraged by what we see at the box office now, or? ENDINGS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE INSANELY GREAT. And you have your classic console moment where he comes back and he becomes a team player and he embraces the values of cooperation and democracy. Michael Arndt:  I feel like, I mean, I think we have some of the most –, Jordan Carlos:    ‘Cause it felt like a pounding on the desk, like “Okay, let me, you know, this has gone on for far too long.”, Michael Arndt:  I’ll just say that I feel like we have a bunch of incredibly talented directors, and a lot of incredibly talented writers out there doing incredibly great work, and I think that I’ll just say, Alfonso Cuaron, Paul Thomas Anderson, Inarritu, all the usual suspects are these incredible directors making these incredible films, and so, to me, the art of cinema, as long as there’s a handful of directors out there that are able to kind of get the money to do what they want, you know, something like Moonlight is just so beautiful, it’s great, and you go “As long as there’s a handful of films that come along each year like Moonlight, or whatever, name your favorite, I think cinema is healthy.”. Actually, the ending of Star Wars is super brilliant because the way that you blow the Death Star is not just that Han becomes a team player, right? Michael Arndt:  I think that you, my advice is always, just do the thing that makes you excited. And that’s going to be a good guide to writing. And I appreciate you making it. If you just set it up between good guys and bad guys, what made Star Wars work in 1977 was that, for the previous decade, you had your good guys getting killed, like Butch and Sundance got killed, the guys in Easy Rider got killed, Cool Hand Luke got killed, all the good guys for ten years were getting crushed by the system, so that when you got to 1977 we’d had ten years of good guys getting killed, so when Luke actually lived at the end you really thought “Oh my god,” like Luke might die. The podcast is hosted by Jordan Carlos. I spent like six months just trying to think of what story would lend itself to that kind of ending and I was thinking sports movie or romance, romantic comedy or something like that. Now I have to sit down and actually read the directions on how to do it.”, I feel like this, hopefully, the video is when you get to your tenth draft and you’re banging your head against the wall and you’re going, “why is this story not working?” You can go, hopefully, perhaps, take a look at this video and it will give you some ideas as to how other films have worked. And you just go, okay, those are two valid points of view, and you’re just going to create a story about that, you could have either one of those values prevail in the end, let’s say you want this to be about the triumph of love –, Michael Arndt:  Then all you do is you want to create a situation where it’s 99 to 1, it looks like pursuing money was the smart way to live your life, right? Jordan Carlos:    He did all along, my gosh, right. This is a show about the stories we see on our screens and the people who make them happen. Stream Episode 18: Michael Arndt and Insanely Great Endings by The Secrets of Story Podcast from desktop or your mobile device Even George Bailey goes “Well gee Mr. Potter you’re the richest man in town, everybody knows that.”. On Writing is a production of the Writers Guild of America East. Where have you seen it lately at the box office? That’s something that, again, they can put in their pocket, and walk out of the theater and go “Oh my god, I’m not going to be so arrogant, I’m not going to be an arrogant old man when I grow older, or whatever.”, Jordan Carlos:    Well I feel like this has given me a way to watch movies, because usually, you now, I suspend my disbelief, hopefully I liked it, I don’t know, but this has given me-, Jordan Carlos:    …I suspend my disbelief, hope you liked it, I don’t know, da da da, but this has given me, like, I love to add a kind of like, like an augmented kind of reality, where you’re like okay, well is it pumping on all these pistons…. Yes, no, I just, I mean for a long time I hesitated to turn this into a video because I though oh, I’ll get sued by the powers that be, right, for using these clips from The Graduate and from Star Wars. Technique. Michael Arndt:  But he had a heart all along. Do you often go to LA? The end of Lear he loses the kingdom, it falls into chaos. You know. Jordan Carlos:    We’re all trying to write good stories. Jordan Carlos:    A total death star explosion. Michael Arndt on Endings July 2, 2018 Genres, Random Advice, Story and Plot Screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) has been thinking a lot about endings. Michael Arndt's "Endings: the Good, the Bad, and the Insanely Great" is one of the best videos on screenwriting craft that I've ever watched. Michael Arndt:  If people want to talk about alternative story strategies, I would recommend reading Paul Schrader’s book, ‘Transcendental Style in Film,’ and he’s just issued, I’m going to give him a big plug, he’s just issued a new release of his book, it was his doctoral thesis, and he just wrote a new forward in it, and he talks all about what he calls “Slow cinema,” and he’s talking bout Ozu, Bresson, and Dryer, but he talks about a very different model of storytelling than the one I’m talking about here, and it’s brilliant. For more updates, please visit wgaeast.org/covid19. The Graduate is such a great ending. Michael Arndt:  But I think that the, just to go back to your question about New York, there’s something about…. So if you go back to the beginning of The Graduate, Ben is talking to his father in his bedroom, but he’s not saying Dad, you know, I want to meet the girl of my dreams and I want to fall in love and I want to get married and I want to find my life partner. Michael Arndt:  Again, I say in the video when I first started out, I read a book in which, as you say, people talk about the external stakes of your story and the internally, the emotional stakes of your story, but again, it was me watching the ending of Star Wars over and over again and going like, “Why is Obi-Wan come back and talk to Luke in his cock-pit, you know, when he’s sitting there trying to blow the Death Star” and I thought to myself, “finally” and this is the classic problem in screenwriting and the classic problem in storytelling in general is how does your good guy defeat your bad guy. How does your David defeat your Goliath? Michael Arndt:  I’m trying to focus on writing originals, but it’s always easier to go critique somebody else’s script or think about story structure like in a general way than to sort of like sit down in the chair and actually confront your own screenplay that doesn’t work, right? Jordan Carlos:    Or the ancient organic logic of narrative, you know. If you haven't already, sit down, press play, and enjoy. You don’t know what’s going to happen. Email This BlogThis! Jordan Carlos:    It’s a robbery as opposed to a heist, because we have blueprints? Passion. Jordan Carlos:    Oh my gosh, she loves, Izzy, you like Wizard of Oz, right? Labels: Beginning a screenplay, Michael Arndt, professional advice. Michael Arndt has a pretty good idea. Business. The Ozu film from ’48. Triss alternative look comparison essay Triss alternative look comparison essay. So you’re saying The Wizard of Oz, I’m sorry. Michael Arndt:  Yeah, no, I mean people have asked me, one of the questions I get a lot is “Are there other ways to write an ending?” I’m like “Of course there are!”. Michael Arndt:  But you can have your hero fail externally, you can have your hero fail internally, but a lot of times what you want to do, if you can just give them, not even a victory philosophically, but just a moment of lucidity, or a moment of clarity about their own life, that’s something that’s satisfying to the audience. I decided not only is there, in a good story, an external set of stakes and internal set of stakes, I feel like there is a philosophical set of stakes. And he got hired to star in Godzilla, and so for about nine months my salary was paid by Columbia Pictures instead of by Matthew himself and they gave me, for some reason, Columbia paid me a lot more and I was suddenly able to save up a bunch of money. But so you made it all up in your apartment. In the video, the Academy Award winning screenwriter explores how great endings work with a close analysis of the climaxes of STAR WARS, THE GRADUATE, and his own screenplay, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Jordan Carlos:    So what is it about the last two minutes of a film? Jordan Carlos:    How is this progressing? [crosstalk 00:10:27]. Michael Arndt:  To me at least Star Wars was the ending that taught me how to write an ending. Michael Arndt:  You go on the road, you’re going up the river, or you’re going along the Yellow Brick Road, but you end up in the worst place in the world, right? Like it’s incredible. Are there any that didn’t make the cut that you find still satisfying, but just you didn’t have time to include, or? 609. And it’s a triumph of nonconformity over nonconformity. Michael Arndt:  I’m lost. Michael Arndt:  Actually, I took the subway every day when I was living in Brooklyn for almost 20 years. I'm watching his video on Endings and have just reached the end of the section where he talks about Star Wars. And I just go, like, don’t treat it like it’s homework. View Notes - MichaelArndtEndings-The Good, The Bad and The Insanely Great from FILM 3001 at Columbia University. It just seems like he pushes aside his computer targeting system and so all the other excellent pilots where there trying to shoot the target, but they weren’t using the force. All Beginnings Endings TS3: Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned TS3: Introduction TS3: Opening TS3: Inciting Incident TS3: First Act Break TS3: Midpoint TS3: Second Act Break TS3: Climax TS3: Summary Endings Addendum. Again, I’ll just say, it’s the video I wish I had had 25 years ago when I first started out. Like what, what’s your deal? Writers Guild of America, East And none of them had these screenplays, I didn’t have an agent, I didn’t have a producer, I didn’t have anything basically. The union’s operations will remain as efficient and effective as possible, but if it takes someone a bit longer to get back to you or complete a task, please understand we are trying to balance our vital union work with serious public health concerns. And so in terms of storytelling, it’s a tricky thing because audiences are getting smarter and smarter and smarter, and you can’t really do a Star Wars ending anymore. Jordan Carlos:    And then one day. Michael Arndt:  I’m working on it right now. In 1998, I had written a bunch of screenplays and they all had this edgy, downbeat on happy endings. Toronto, Vancouver, Shanghai, I’ve gone all over the world-, Jordan Carlos:    At this point, I just watched it last night and I have to say that you are at the of it of being Jonah of screenwriting because you’re giving away some really good trade secrets for-, I just watched it and I was like, “Oh, that’s how I can improve my writing overnight.”. Jordan Carlos:    Yes, is it firing on all cylinders? Did you write it in a coffee shop, did you write it in your apartment? Pandemonium And you’re just working on, you put aside your science fiction epic and you work on your, you know, small comedy or something like that. Michael’s first feature-... – Lyssna på Episode 1: Michael Arndt, "Endings" av OnWriting: A Podcast of the WGA East direkt i din mobil, surfplatta eller webbläsare - utan app. Jordan Carlos:    Oh you are? - Michael Arndt speaks at the Vancouver International film Festival's Film and TV Forum as part of "Film Day" on Sept. 29 at 11:15 a.m. Jordan Carlos:    We’re doing this podcast. So it’s you antogonist who’s actually the narrative locomotive or engine that’s driving the story forward, and I feel like it’s super, to me, a lot of times your villain, or your antogonist is the organizing principle upon which the whole story turns, because they are the most virulent embodiment of the dominant values of that universe. 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