Epes Winthrop Sargent on Writing Comedy

Make every action tell both the story and the comedy and you have a comedy. Until you can do that don’t write comedy.

——“The Scenario Writer” column in Moving Picture World, 1912.

Charlie Chaplin’s Highest Ambition

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“What is your dearest wish, your highest ambition, the thing you want to do most? Chance for a big story,” wired a press agent to Charlie Chaplin.

He received the following answer: “I have always wanted to know what would happen if I threw a plate of eggs into an electric fan.”

——Advertisement for Chaplin’s Mutual comedies in a 1916 trade magazine.

  • 25 Apr 2015 Art

The Amateur’s Credo


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From Amateur Movie Makers, 1928.

  • 13 Apr 2015 Art