Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Script: Black Swan

Here’s the script for Black Swan, written by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin.

May 31, 2011

Quote of the Day: Gene Fowler

Writing is easy:  All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. 

May 30, 2011

Script: The Hangover


The Hangover was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

May 30, 2011

If the Reader Doesn’t Get It, the Problem is in the Writing

This is a great article by Gordy Hoffman about taking criticism on your script and making the most of it. It’s a lot more productive than getting offended:

If you’re like me, if someone doesn’t like something about my screenplay, my very first reaction is always the same.

You’re not as smart as me. If you knew what I knew, you would understand what I wrote. And you don’t understand what I wrote, because you don’t know as much as I do. About everything, in general. In short, life. You know, people. Planet Earth. If you really don’t understand what I’m doing in my script, my first feeling is I don’t respect you. I have contempt for you. I feel attacked personally, and with my feelings hurt, I want to denigrate your position, and while I won’t call you an idiot, basically the foundation of my exchange with you in the wake of you reading my script is you are, in fact, some kind of idiot.

Someone once told me I can be right or I can be happy. Or you can be right, or you can get your screenplay produced into a motion picture. I have had this happen twice, and I can tell you if I had committed myself to being right about everything during the development of the screenplay, they would still be living as files in my hard drive. Any produced screenwriter will attest to this.

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May 30, 2011

Quote of the Day: James Michener

I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.

May 25, 2011

Quote of the Day: Thomas Mann

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

May 24, 2011

Why Do Bad Movies Get Made???

As writers, we’ve all asked it. Hal Croasmun of ScreenwritingU weighs in on this most frustrating of topics in the following article:

Have you ever wondered why bad movies get made? I mean, it is hard to believe that some movies ever made it past the first reader, let alone making it to the screen.

Here, I’m not talking about movies like “Jackass,” because liking a movie like that is just a matter of taste (or no taste). I’m talking about movies that should have been good, but were either boring, illogical, and had flawed stories.

With the huge budgets, these movies have all the resources to be amazing entertainment experiences, right?

So how could they fall short like that?

Before I answer that question, let me clarify one thing. Even with bad movies, there are hundreds of people behind the scenes who have worked their hearts out AND have done a great job on their part of the project. I respect their talent, creativity, and hard work.

This isn’t about blaming anyone or even putting down the process. It is just about understanding the cause and what it might mean to you as an up-and-coming screenwriter.

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May 24, 2011

Quote of the Day: Chateaubriand

An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate. 

May 20, 2011

Script: Bridesmaids

Here is a draft of Bridesmaids provided by Screenplay Explorer. This script was penned by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig.

May 20, 2011

Quote of the Day: John Updike

I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody’s head.