Mike Sacks





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And Here's the Kicker: Conv...
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Poking a Dead Frog: Convers...
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“Part of success is just starting something, working toward a goal, and then living long enough to achieve it.”
Mike Sacks, Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers

“Look, here’s the thing—if you’re in this business and you can cover your overhead by writing exactly what you want, you’re living the dream.”
Mike Sacks, Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers

“I saw a guy the other day at a wedding, and I told him my theory on why we’ve seen this explosion in comedies in the past fifteen years. Number one, America is tacking hard to the right. That sort of extremism always kind of kicks up the need to create comedy. But the second thing is Avid. What’s Avid? It’s a digital movie-editing program that directors use, and it’s incredibly helpful. I think Avid is hugely responsible for this boom in comedy. In the past, one would have to shoot the film and edit it, which was a big deal. Now, filmmakers can record the laughs from a test audience at a screening, and we can then cut to the rhythm of those laughs, the rhythm of the audience. We synchronize the laughs with the film. We can really get our timing down to a hundredth of a second. You can decide where you want your story to kick in, where you want a little bit of mood, where you want a hard laugh line. All of this can really be calibrated to these test screenings that we do. It doesn’t mean that it becomes mathematical. It still ultimately means that you have to make creative choices, but you can just really get a lot out of it. Sort of like surgery with a laser compared with a regular scalpel. We’re able to download a movie onto the computer and literally do all our edits in minutes. The precision is incredible. You play back the audio of the test screening and get everything timed just right. Like, “This laugh is losing this next line; let’s split the difference here.” You’re able to achieve this rolling energy. You can try experimental edits, and do multiple test screenings, and it’s all because you can move so fast with this program. Comedy is the one genre that I think has just really benefited from this more than any other.”
Mike Sacks, Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers

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