Archive for February, 2012

February 29, 2012

Script: The Dark Knight

This script for The Dark Knight was written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan.

February 29, 2012

Script: Batman Begins

Here is a draft of Batman Begins written by David Goyer and Christopher Nolan.

February 29, 2012

Quote of the Day: Feodor Dostoevsky

I simply don’t know how anyone can write at great speed, and only for the money’s sake.

February 28, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Christopher Nolan

The Writer:

London-born Christopher Nolan is responsible for some of the best action-packed, mind-bending films of the last decade. A writer/director currently at the top of his game, Nolan is the creative force behind the latest Batman installments, Inception, and Memento. He’s the writer that aspiring screenwriters most desire to emulate, and the one one writer that they shouldn’t attempt to.

According to IMDB, Nolan’s favorite films are 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Black Hole (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Chinatown (1974), The Hitcher(1986), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Topkapi (1964), as well as anything by Stanley Kubrick.

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February 28, 2012

Quote of the Day: Francois Fenelon

The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.

February 27, 2012

Script: Pulp Fiction

Here is the script for Pulp Fiction, written by Quentin Tarantino.

February 27, 2012

Quote of the Day: Jane Austen

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.  I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can.

February 24, 2012

Writing Concise, Visual Action Descriptions

Paul Chitlik of Script Magazine recently fielded the question, “How can a screenwriter write descriptions we can “see” without overwriting them?” Paul offered some poignant advice:

 Here’s one of the basic contradictions a writer has to face. You know that a reader, probably not the producer, is going to be the first person at the production company or studio to read your script, so you have to impress this person. We know that motion pictures are all about what you see on screen, so you’d think that the descriptive passages of a script would be important. And they are. But readers often skip through them to get to the dialogue because they think, sometimes correctly, that the character is shaped by the dialogue. And dialogue is easier to read. But harder to write.

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February 24, 2012

Quote of the Day: Ford Madox Ford

Only two classes of books are of universal appeal: the very best and the very worst.

February 23, 2012

Script: Stranger Than Fiction

This is the third draft of Stranger Than Fiction. It was written by Zach Helm.