Welcome to my website! This place started as a blog where I wrote a logline every day, and I still somewhat keep up that habit, but the name isn't quite as literal these days. I also sometimes turn loglines into screenplays, which are all available to read, including some earlier drafts.

I ostensibly still write blog posts as well, but if I'm being honest, that'll probably only happen several times at once, every couple years.

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Latest Blog Post

Lessons From Home Alone

I rewatched Home Alone recently for the first time in years, and I was fascinated to see how late in the movie Kevin's traps came into play. In my memory, Kevin's booby traps vs. the Wet Bandits is the bulk of movie; in reality, it's just Act 3, and not even all of that.

There are actually a lot of other lessons to draw from Home Alone (particularly when to explain details, when to put them in the background, and when to skip over them), but I want to focus on its act structure, because I think it's actually really key to understanding the wild success of the movie - and it was a wild success, staying in theaters for something like nine months.1)

The movie can be cut pretty cleanly into three Acts, with the first Act being Kevin at home with his family, the second Act being Kevin fending for himself alone, and the third Act being Kevin fending off the Wet Bandits' home invasion. I think you can also draw a relatively clear line between Act 2a and 2b, with the division being the moment the Wet Bandits realize Kevin is home alone.

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2020/12/26 18:01 · Teddy McCormick