Posts tagged ‘Annie Hall’

December 12, 2011

Script: Annie Hall

Here is the script for Annie Hall. This classic script was written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman. Enjoy the read!

November 4, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: Woody Allen

The Writer:

Woody Allen has a style all his own. You always know when you’re watching a Woody Allen film — usually because he’s also starring in it, and directing. But these giveaways aside, Allen has an undeniably unique voice and a quirky sense of humor that has set him apart as one of the great screenwriters of our time.

Credits:

Nero Fiddled (screenplay) (post-production) – 2012

Midnight in Paris (written by) – 2011

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (written by) – 2010

Sdelka (short) (play) – 2009

Whatever Works (written by) – 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (written by) – 2008

Cassandra’s Dream (written by) – 2007

Scoop (written by) – 2006

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April 20, 2011

Using Voice-Over Effectively

This article from the Script Lab on the top ten films to utilize voice-over gives some great insight into how to approach voice-over in your own film. There are times when voice-over should be avoided like the plague and other times when it might be essential to solid storytelling, as this article will illustrate:

In Adaptation, Robert McKee (played by Brian Cox) cries, “God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character.”

To a certain extent, he is correct. A lot of films use voice-over to no real effect. They tell you what you already see on the screen. Or they explain something that, with a little bit of brainpower and imagination, you could have worked out for yourself. Or they inform you about something that would have been better off left alone, for the audiences to stew on. But no. Some filmmakers just think we’re idiots and insist that every single bit of information is spoon-fed to us.

“Everything I have written is genius. I don’t want them to miss a single, clever bit of it. But they’re morons, so I’ll shove in some voice-overs to really hammer it on home.” I’m not saying that all filmmakers who use voice-over in this way are that patronizing; most of them probably don’t even realize they’re doing it. It’s just safer for them to assume that we won’t be able to figure it out.

But then there are some screenwriters and filmmakers that’ll use voice-over to compliment the work, and without it, I would argue that the film would not be as good. Their use of voice-over challenges the viewer, in some cases even upset the viewer. Either way, they will expect the viewer to do something with this narration, rather than just mindlessly breathe it in.

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