In my library talks, I always mentioned my having finally worked out what Patti Miller meant when she annotated the first two drafts, here and there, with the phrase “Why am I reading this ?” (causing me enormous choler). The discovery was that a writer may not simply put in every little anecdote s/he likes because s/he likes it: there has to be a reason for everything.
So here, completely out of any context whatsoever, is my first piece of ‘film left lying on the cutting-room floor’. It was written as a very short preface, without regard given to the fact that anyone who’s never been on a film crew can’t possibly have any idea of its meaning …
EXT. FILMING LOCATION DAY
Standing by, everyone…?
OK… Turn over!
“And Then Like My Dreams”, slate 1, take 1…
(claps the slate, slips quickly out of shot)
(a quiet, deep breath)
And — action…