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Lesson #5 Dramatic rules David Mamet

Lesson #5 Dramatic rules (con’d) this video is 8:20 (eight minutes and twenty-seconds)

David Mamet starts this fifth video, the second on Dramatic rules with this line.

 

“The rules to me are very, very simple. …”

That sentence is a declarative sentence that drew me in, I wanted to know those rules.

  1. Tell the story
  2. Start at the beginning
  3. Go until you get to the end
  4. Don’t stop
  5. Be interesting
  6. Make sure everything is on the line

There was another part of this video where David Mamet mentions, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse a pamphlet of tips for playwriting. He said that we could find that pamphlet online. I am searching out the pamphlet I haven’t found it yet. Here are a couple of the rules that David talks about.

  1. Save your biggest laugh for the end of the second act
  2. At beginning of the second act remind the audience who they love and who hate
  3. Stop giving your best lines to the secondary characters

If you are interested in this course, maybe just curious here is the link to Masterclass.com, or you can click on David Mamet at the top left sidebar.