Posts tagged ‘Network’

September 19, 2012

Script: Network

Network was written by Paddy Chayefsky.

This addition rounds out the top ten scripts on the WGA’s list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays Ever Written.

January 5, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Paddy Chayefsky

The Writer:

Paddy Chayefsky is one of those names that every writer should know. A top writer from the early days of television, late in his career Chayefsky scribed the cynical masterpiece, Network. Other highlights from his illustrious career include Marty and his work on Goodyear Playhouse. He remains the only person to hold three individual Academy Awards for writing — other writers who have won three all wrote with partners (Billy Wilder, Francis Ford Coppola. and Charles Brackett).

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April 9, 2011

5 Lessons from the Work of Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet, director of such masterpieces as 12 Angry Men, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Verdict passed away this weekend. S.T. Vanairsdale was quick to report on the life lessons we can all learn from his work:

1. First impressions are everything
Contemporary filmmakers could learn a lot from Lumet’s openings, the most expressive of which feature long, gradual shots working from the outside in. Sometimes this is literal; take 12 Angry Men, which marvelously sets up the entire narrative in about seven shots — a courthouse exterior to a young murder defendant’s close-up — before getting to the opening credits. The effect compels viewers to digest the stakes while entering the deliberation room with the jurors. Subtle stuff, but utterly standard-defying for its time.

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