Archive for April, 2013

April 30, 2013

5 Greatest Screenwriters of All Time

Quinn Steers of WhatCulture recently put together a list of the five greatest screenwriters of all time. His picks are:

5. Ingmar Bergman

4. Stanley Kubrick

3. Paul Thomas Anderson

2. Billy Wilder

1. Woody Allen

Steers says of Allen,

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April 30, 2013

Quote of the Day: Howard Aiken

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.

April 29, 2013

Script: Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Romeo + Juliet was written by Craig Pearce and Baz Luhrmann.

April 29, 2013

Quote of the Day: Baz Luhrmann

All the films I make are about 60% of what I imagine them to be.

April 26, 2013

Script: A Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind was written by Avika Goldsman based on the biography by Sylvia Nassar.

April 26, 2013

Quote of the Day: Ang Lee

It could be the hidden side of you; I think making movies is a great way to release that. I think it is important to be honest with that, and have fun with it.

April 25, 2013

Script: Source Code

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Source Code was written by Ben Ripley.

April 25, 2013

Quote of the Day: Karl Kraus

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.

April 24, 2013

10 Screenwriting Lessons From Django Unchained

django_unchained_dicaprio_foxxT.J. Barnard of WhatCulture recently shared ten screenwriting lessons any writer can learn from Django Unchained (the script). Django offers a number of positive examples of what to do, but also does a few things wrong, and T.J. expertly identifies those problems:

My experience with Django Unchained didn’t start with the finished movie: I read the screenplay a couple of years before when it got leaked online. At first I tried to resist, but the temptation was too great. Reading it, it struck me as a bit of a mess – in retrospect, “messiness” is a trait that most critical reviews (even the positive ones) picked up on. It also struck me as wildly imaginative, immensely fun to read, and packed to the brim with that great QT dialogue we all know and love.

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April 24, 2013

Quote of the Day: Brad Bird

A screenwriter friend of mine said your number one goal is to get to the end. So write it fast; don’t look back. If you have to have characters yak about something and you don’t have a solution, do it anyway and let it suck. Then go back over it in a couple of weeks, and you’ll be much clearer on what’s strong and what’s not strong and then attack the ones that are too verbose. At least you’ll have a laundry list of things the audience needs to know—but don’t hang up on finding the visual solution and not move forward on your screenplay.