Yates comments on length of movies
February 28, 2007 at 2:16 PM ET
HPANA (via Associated Press)
Yates says that sometimes it is better off to leave scenes out if they help with the final product.
Sometimes they overstay their welcome just by that little, tiny percent. There's a sweet spot for running length where the audience comes out feeling elated, feeling they actually want more. Reaching that sweet spot takes a lot of discipline.
You just have to let things go, sometimes. It's amazing how you think you could never live without a scene or a moment, yet frankly, the movie's better off without it.