Archive for June, 2012

June 28, 2012

How to Steal From Yourself (Aaron Sorkin Style)

This amazing compilation of “Sorkinisms” is a prime example of how a writer can and should steal from himself. If you’ve got a great line or scene in a script that’s stuck in a drawer, don’t let it go to waste. Use that sucker again and again. It will work every time. Just follow Sorkin’s example:

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June 28, 2012

Quote of the Day: Werner Herzog

The opinion of the public is sacred. The director is a cook who merely offers different dishes to them and has no right to insist they react in a particular way. A film is just a projection of light, completed only when it crosses the gaze of the audience.

June 27, 2012

Script: Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle was written by Nora Ephron, Jeff Arch and David S. Ward.

June 27, 2012

Script: When Harry Met Sally

Here is an early draft of When Harry Met Sally, written by the superb Nora Ephron.

June 27, 2012

Quote of the Day: Nora Ephron

“I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.”

June 26, 2012

Script: Sideways

The script for Sideways won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2004. It was written by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor.

June 26, 2012

Quote of the Day: Martin Scorsese

Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.

June 25, 2012

Script: Casino Royale

Casino Royale was written by  Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis based on the novel by Ian Fleming.

June 25, 2012

Quote of the Day: David Mamet

Every scene should be able to answer three questions: “Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don’t get it? Why now?” 

June 21, 2012

Script: Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams was written by Phil Alden Robinson.