Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

10 Best Revelation Scenes

Meredith Alloway of The Script Lab has posted a great list of the top ten revelation scenes. These scenes give excellent examples of how to reveal information both to your audience and to your characters. Take a look:

Some of the most crucial scenes in cinema come when important information is revealed to us. This key information can be learned at the same time the character does, it can be revealed to us before the character finds out, or we may discover it after the character already knows. Often, however, the revelation occurs with the character because when it’s a simultaneous discovery, we empathize, often experiencing the exact same emotions that the character feels, and this usually creates a closer connection to that character. But regardless of how we find out, an good revelation scene is not just about the moment when the twist occurs, when things are revealed and surprise ensues, but also about what leads up to this scene. If characters are developed properly, and the information is withheld until the right moment in the plot, BAM! Revelation!

10. Fight Club (1999)

This revelation scene is both jarring to the narrator (Edward Norton) and the audience. Up until this point, the narrator is influenced by the stronger, better looking and more ferocious Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt).

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May 31, 2012

Quote of the Day: Mel Brooks

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.

May 30, 2012

Teleplay: Mad Men (Multiple Episodes)

Here are links to several scripts from Season 1 of Mad Men created by Matthew Weiner: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Pilot), New Amsterdam (Episode 4), Babylon (Episode 6), The Hobo Cafe (Episode 8), Indian Summer (Episode 11), Nixon v. Kennedy (Episode 12), and The Wheel (Episode 13).

May 30, 2012

Quote of the Day: Robert Harris

I’ve always just wanted to earn my living by writing. The best thing is to go into my study in the morning and put words together.

May 29, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Marti Noxon

The Writer:

Marti Noxon is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. She has written for such acclaimed television series as Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, Glee, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She’s also the writer behind the recent flicks Fright Night and I Am Number Four. IMDB has listed her among the Top 20 Writers of the Past 20 Years — one of only four women on the list.

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May 29, 2012

Quote of the Day: Barbara Taylor Bradford

I will never stop writing. People often ask when I will retire, but I say it’s none of their business. Writing defines who I am. I love the feeling of holding a finished book in my hands, and then I can’t wait to start the great adventure of writing the next one.

May 25, 2012

Script: Cedar Rapids

Here is the script for Cedar Rapids written by Phil Johnston.

May 25, 2012

Quote of the Day: Aravind Adiga

When you live and work on your own, as I do, writing takes a long time. You can keep producing shit and you’re always wondering whether you should stop. I’m so glad I had friends who told me to keep going.

May 24, 2012

Script: Rocky

The script for Rocky was written by Sylvester Stalone.

May 24, 2012

Quote of the Day: Andre Dubus III

I think what I love most [about writing] is that feeling that you really nailed something. I rarely feel it with a whole piece, but sometimes with a line you feel that it really captured what it is that you had inside you and you got it out for a stranger to read, someone who may never love you or meet you, but he or she is going to get that experience from that line.