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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: ATTN JMS: Candle motif
    Date: 8/30/1995 6:20:00 PM  

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Candles are, I think, wonderfully emblematic of life, and of being
a single ray of light, or hope, in a dark place. The Grey Council stands
between the candle and the star; watch G'Kar's action re: a candle in his
quarters...and in that scene (for those who've seen TLTS) note how many
candles are in the room in the beginning, and at the end.

We are the candle that burns brightly, stubbornly, effectively...but

    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ATTN JMS: Candle motif
    Date: 9/4/1995 4:12:00 PM  

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Sherry...thank you. The level of attention to detail is the *only*
way that this story will be told properly. It means you sit down with the
director, and others, and you make totally clear -- there, and in the
script -- what you saw in your head when you wrote it. As well as repeatd
verbal themes, cues, phraseologies, it's important (since this is a visual
medium) to incorporate visual cues that add to the thematic thrust of the
piece, that create a mood, or convey an emotion or a thought on an almost
cellular level. The hardest part is being careful not to OVER use them,
because then they lose all meaning and impact.


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