Archive for April 9th, 2011

April 9, 2011

Script: Inception

Christopher Nolan’s screenplay for Inception was nominated for Best Original Screenplay this year. The 146-page script is a beast, but well worth the time and effort. Download a free pdf of the script here, see what you can learn from Nolan’s structure and style, then report back with a comment!

April 9, 2011

5 Lessons from the Work of Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet, director of such masterpieces as 12 Angry Men, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Verdict passed away this weekend. S.T. Vanairsdale was quick to report on the life lessons we can all learn from his work:

1. First impressions are everything
Contemporary filmmakers could learn a lot from Lumet’s openings, the most expressive of which feature long, gradual shots working from the outside in. Sometimes this is literal; take 12 Angry Men, which marvelously sets up the entire narrative in about seven shots — a courthouse exterior to a young murder defendant’s close-up — before getting to the opening credits. The effect compels viewers to digest the stakes while entering the deliberation room with the jurors. Subtle stuff, but utterly standard-defying for its time.

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April 9, 2011

Quote of the Day: Anton Chekhov

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.