[...] A. I had never fully realized, until I got into this
subject, how important continuity build-up is. Never again,
if I keep conscious of it, will I allow a spot gag to take pace
without going back and checking to see how it can be topped
more by adding to it.
Q. Proof of the perfection of the build-up would be if it
were so good you could skip the scene, or not have any good
touches in the scene itself, but still have it go over.
Q. If a scene was done right, you could do it in a series
of stills, and yet make your audience cry.
Q. It is much harder to create a genuine happiness than it
is to create sadness. You have probably seen scenes of festivals,
with people singing and dancing, but how many times did they
make you feel gay?
Q. Any mood has to have a reason behind it. You can't just
turn on a gay scene without building up to it by contrast. If
you do, it is artificial and insincere.
Q. The whole story of Snow White was told in a spontaneous,
naive fashion, with everything more or less child-like. Therefore
the audience didn't feel any restraint about weeping.
Q. It is a matter of simplicity and directness. Everybody
was ready when the tear-jerking scene came around.
A. The mechanics of a happy mood or of a sad mood are the
same if they are properly approached and analyzed.
Q. Our naive approach is our greatest advantage. However,
it must have the ring of sincerity, or we would be boo'd off
Q. We won't always be able to get away with the obvious presentations.
We will have to resort to inference, like the unfinished pie
business referred to earlier.
Q. Resorting to inference in that way can be done successfully
only with careful building ahead of the point. Otherwise, you
will just appear "arty."
Q. We are going to have another obvious scene, in "Pinocchio"
when Pinocchio is supposed to be drowned.
Q. We have cut down on the idea of the old man talking and
crying. We will let silent grief take it's place.
Q. Did it ever occur to anyone to have the old man be out;
the Fairy comes to Pinocchio, to change him to a real [...]