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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.