Not long after that I was listening to Scriptnotes, the weekly podcast from screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin (which if you have any interest in screenwriting you must listen to) and they delved into this crazy world of clams*.
John: So shall we do this? “Are you ready?”
Craig: “I was born ready.”
John: “Are you sitting down?”
Craig: “Let’s get out of here!”
John: “_____ is my middle name.”
Craig: “Is that all you got?” “I’m just getting started.”
John: “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”
Craig: “Don’t you die on me!”
John: “Tell my wife and kids I love them.”
Craig: “Breathe, dammit!”
John: “Cover me. I’m going in.”
Craig: “He’s standing right behind me, isn’t he?”
And that's not even a third of the list they go through. Download Episode 52 of Scriptnotes here. The list starts about 12.50 but listen from 11.30 for the full into. It's a lot of fun.
Tell me, do you have a favourite?
I'm a sucker for an over-acted "NNNOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!"
*Clams as they state, is a term coined by writer Jane Espensen who's now dormant blog is still a rich source of screenwriting insights.