November 27, 2013

The Great Gatsby Script


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 (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. Continue reading

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


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

November 25, 2013

The Way Way Back Script


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.

November 22, 2013

Recommendation: Jameson First Shot Competition

CaptureThe deadline for the Jameson First Shot competition is around the corner on January 2. This screenwriting competition is a rare chance to have your script professionally produced and starred in by a well-known actor. This year, the actor is Uma Thurman.

In previous years, the competition was not open to residents of California, but the rules have changed. Entry is free, and if you win, you’ll get to direct your own production.

This competition has some very specific rules in terms of script length and content, so be sure to review those carefully before you start writing. The contest states:

We’re looking for more outstanding writer/directors to enter the 2014 competition, where we will be offering an incredible opportunity; giving people a ‘first shot’ in the film industry by having their short film produced by the Academy Award-winning Trigger Street Productions and giving them the chance to direct Uma Thurman in the leading role.

In order to enter you must be from South Africa, Russia or the US (now including California!), be at least 25 years-old, and write a script of no more than seven pages based on one of three themes (‘Legendary’ OR ‘Humorous’ OR a ‘Very Tall Tale’).

I don’t know of any other contests quite like this one. Good luck!

November 22, 2013

Quote of the Day: Robert Frost

It begins with a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with.

November 21, 2013

Enough Said Script


The Enough Said script was written by Nicole Holofcener.