Main Entry: thau·ma·turg
Etymology: French, from New Latin thaumaturgus, from Greek thaumatourgos working miracles, from thaumat-, thauma miracle + ergon work — more at Theater, Work
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“Later I read an article in the New York Times, a piece that tickled me. Alan Alda was directing and starring in a movie called Sweet Liberty. […] The whole movie was shot on Long Island. In fact, I think in the Hamptons. And in this movie, they described a moment. They’re going for a very difficult, long exterior shot. They’re shooting something six-hundred feet away, and Michael Caine needs to show up on horseback, and it needs to take place right at magic hour, just as the sun is going down below the horizon. So there isn’t a big window of opportunity to get the shot. You pretty much got one, two, maybe three takes, tops, and you’re cooked, and you’ve got to try it again the next day. And the article was about how Alan Alda really is as nice a guy as everyone says he is, and that the only time this reporter saw him lose it, was trying to get this shot. They had it lined up perfectly, and it was all ready to go, and from out of nowhere, a cow walks into the shot way off into the distance. And Alda starts screaming, ‘Cow! Get out of the shot!’ When the DP leans over and says, ‘You know Alan, don’t worry about it, we can matte it out in post.’ So Alan yells out ‘Alright cow, stay where you are, you’re fine!’ And they got the shot. And reading that article I wrote a one-act play called Hidden in this Picture, about a director trying to get the shot.”
-Aaron Sorkin, in an interview with James L. Longworth (featured in Longworth’s TV Creators: Conversations With America’s Top Producers of Television Drama, Volume 2)