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Friday, June 24, 2005

Swiftian proposal

Mel Shavelson is a name from some of the glory days of Hollywood.
You can look him up at http://www.imdb.com.
He has also written several books, including “Lualda,” which is credited to Melville Shavelson.
This excerpt is from page 149, copyright 1975:

One of the most important parts of a writer’s work in films is not writing the script but in telling the story to people so they will think it’s a lot better than what he wrote. You used to be able to make wonderful deals in Hollywood without ever writing down a word. In case you did make the mistake of writing it down first, there was a whole system evolved to get around reading it. Louis B. Mayer had a woman who was employed as his Story Teller, and it was her job to read all the stories submitted on paper and tell them to him out loud. Every writer felt if you could get to her in some way – money, sex, booze – you could persuade her to put more emotion into her telling of your story, but Mayer was too smart for that. He had her paid in MGM stock, so she had a vested interest in honesty. Maybe we ought to pay our Presidents in United States Bonds. And read the Constitution out loud to them.


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