Earlier this month, I heard a great piece on NPR’s podcast of On The Media. It was an interview with Zachary Pincus-Roth, a freelance journalist who wrote a piece in the LA Times all about the effect of cell phones on movie plots:
While cellphones appear to help storytellers, since they allow anyone to talk to anyone at any time, “that seeming freedom only makes it all the more difficult,” says Robert McKee, the screenwriting guru and author of “Story.” “It takes away a possible source of conflict — the difficulty of communicating, the difficulty of calling for help.”
Favourite moment? The Fight Club scene (second to last).