Archive for April 21st, 2011

April 21, 2011

Script: The Social Network

Here’s the Oscar-winning script for The Social Network, penned by Aaron Sorkin. I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but Aaron Sorkin is a living legend and a screenwriting hero of mine. Any writer can learn a thing or two from reading Sorkin’s work.

April 21, 2011

Quote of the Day: E.B. White

Be obscure clearly. 

April 21, 2011

Script Writing Basics: The Middle

This blog post from the popular blog Go Into the Story discusses what the second act of your screenplay should achieve. Take a look:

Many writers have trouble with their script’s middle part. Either they get confused and lost to the point where they drop the project out of frustration, or if they do succeed in getting through, the pages come off as a string of episodic events with no coherency to them, no build-up to a big All Is Lost Act Two end.

This is a big reason why I’m such a proponent of the Protagonist metamorphosis arc (Disunity to Unity), a dynamic we see at work in movie after movie. I’ll speak more on that later, but in terms of the story’s middle, let’s consider Deconstruction and Reconstruction.

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