This is not a long nor a profound posting – but last week I saw a new release called “Morning Glory” about a young woman making her way in the smack-down, live-on-the-razor’s edge world of local morning talk shows. Gritty stuff. 🙂 Anyway, you have often heard me spout this Entertainment Rule: “Everything in your production has to support your Story – the music, the costumes, the sets, the coloring, everything!” So this young woman (played by Rachel McAdams) is working at a local station in New Jersey. One day she visits her mom for a heart-to-heart… and Mom ownsa fish tank brimming with oversized fish. “Ah!” methinks. “That’s no accident. Our young lady is a big fish in a little pond – and worse, she’s going nowhere.” Later in the film, she lands a job at a network where she blossoms, and we soon see her eating lunch in Bryant Park beside a statue of Gertrude Stein… an empowered, single woman. Coincidence? Of course not. That location was carefully chosen.
Again, this is nothing profound, but it’s always fun to play “Spot the Story-telling Shortcut.”