Archive for August, 2013

August 7, 2013

Quote of the Day: David Nicholls

A screenplay is really an instruction manual, and it can be interpreted in any number of ways. The casting, the choice of location, the costumes and make-up, the actors’ reading of a line or emphasis of a word, the choice of lens and the pace of the cutting – these are all part of the translation.

August 6, 2013

Air Force One Script


The Air Force One script was written by Andrew Marlow.

August 6, 2013

Quote of the Day: Diablo Cody

I always say when you write a book, you’re a ‘one-man band.’ Whereas, when you finish a screenplay, it’s just a sketch.

August 5, 2013

What To Do After Finishing a Draft of Your Script

Scriptcat, the author of screenwriting website My Blank Page, shared an article about what to do after finishing the first draft of a new script. He writes,

I’ve been asked this question many times from aspiring screenwriters and I always have an answer — print a copy of your script, put it away and go out and celebrate your victory.  You are farther along on the journey than most writers because you’ve actually completed a screenplay

When you finish the work, as productive screenwriters, we always need to celebrate our accomplishments with regards to work actually produced with words on a page.  Under no circumstances do you give your first draft to anyone for a read—even if they beg you— and certainly not to any producer or Hollywood industry type.  You and the material are too fragile and you need to digest what you’ve written without any outside criticism.  After a week, take the script out from the drawer and go read it alone somewhere using my “20 Steps to use after you type FADE OUT—THE END.“  I prefer my local coffee-house with a nice large cup of java.  Read it through once just to see if the entire script flows.  You will find that it’s different from you might have remembered while you were actually writing it.  Time away from a script allows you to redefine the story in your head and upon your first read, you will immediately notice things that work or do not work.

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August 5, 2013

Quote of the Day: Henning Mankell

One of the agonies of being an author is to know when to stop writing.

August 2, 2013

Stanley Kubrick’s 10 Favorite Movies

In honor of what would have been Stanley Kubrick‘s 85th birthday, the British Film Institute has published an excellent article on the groundbreaking writer/director, as well as a little-known list of his ten favorite films.

Nick Wrigley of the BFI writes:

I count myself among the many admirers of Kubrick’s films and his remarkable aptitude for problem solving in all areas of life. I would argue that the only remaining unexplored area of Stanley’s life in film is his relationship with, and love of, other people’s films. In his later life he chose not to talk publicly about such things, giving only a couple of interviews to large publications when each new film was ready – but through his associates, friends, and fellow filmmakers it’s now possible to piece together a revealing jigsaw.

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August 2, 2013

Quote of the Day: Robert Cormier

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.

August 1, 2013

Carrie Script (1976)


The original Carrie film script was written by Lawrence D. Cohen and Stephen King. Let’s see if the new Carrie script stands up to the original.

August 1, 2013

Quote of the Day: Tom Stoppard

I never had any frustration about writing uncredited. I always felt that the satisfaction of doing it was in the doing of it, really, and getting recognised by the small number of people that know what you did.