Archive for November, 2013

November 28, 2013

Prisoners Script

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The script for Prisoners was written by Aaron Guzikowski.

November 28, 2013

Quote of the Day: Leo Rosten

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can’t help it. 

November 27, 2013

Gravity Script

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The script for Gravity was written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron.

November 27, 2013

The Great Gatsby Script

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The Great Gatsby script was written by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

November 27, 2013

Quote of the Day: Samuel Johnson

Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. 

November 26, 2013

Joe Eszterhas’s 10 Rules of Screenwriting

Joe Eszterhas was once the highest paid screenwriter in the business. Before turning to film, he was a senior editor at Rolling Stone. The rules below, which he recently shared with MovieMaker.com (a great site that you should absolutely check out), are… unique. Some of his rules you should take to heart. Some you should probably never follow.

As the saying goes when you take notes on your writing, find the note behind the note. In this case, find the advice behind the advice:

1. Don’t see too many new movies. Most movies in theaters today are awful. They will depress you. You will think to yourself: How can they have made this abominable script instead of buying and making mine? Spare yourself the anguish. Read a good book instead.

2. Don’t mince words. If the idea a studio executive gives you is a shitty one, don’t say “Well, that’s interesting, but…” Say “That’s a really shitty idea.” The people you’re dealing with aren’t stupid—they’re just vain. Deep in their hearts they know it’s a shitty idea.

3. Don’t let ’em convince you to change what you’ve written. A director isn’t a writer. Neither is a producer or a studio exec. You write for a living. You’re the pro. They’re amateurs. Dilettantes at best. Treat them that way. Make them feel that’s what they are.

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November 26, 2013

Quote of the Day: Richard Price

A movie is not a book. If the source material is a book, you cannot be too respectful of the book. All you owe to the book is the spirit. Everything else– just tear that motherfucker apart. 

November 25, 2013

The Invisible Woman Script

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The Invisible Woman script was written by Abi Morgan, scribe of The Iron Lady and Shame.

November 25, 2013

The Way Way Back Script

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The Way Way Back script was written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

November 25, 2013

Quote of the Day: George Bernard Shaw

The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism by those who have not got it.