“You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different”
Billy Wilder said two things that caught my attention.
The audience is fickle.
Grab’em by the throat and never let’em go.
Rod Serling said, according to Jean Mashall’s notes,
Make people think, stun them. Grab your audience immediately.
Steven Spieldberg said,
I always like to think of the audience when I am directing. Because I am the audience.
Frank Capra said,
I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
We can all agree now that this is true. The audience matters. We cater our art to them. Not based on what they demand, but based on what is guaranteed to move them.