Posts tagged ‘The Social Network’

August 13, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Aaron Sorkin

The Writer:

Aaron Sorkin is a widely renowned screenwriter, television writer, and playwright. He’s the creative force behind such political classics as A Few Good Men, The American President, and The West Wing. He’s known for his crisp, stylized dialogue (and for his Sorkinisms). Aaron Sorkin is Hollywood elite. He’s been nominated for the Academy award for his adaption of Moneyball (with Steve Zaillian) and won the Oscar for The Social Network. He’s also won several Emmy awards for The West Wing.

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February 10, 2012

Audiences Don’t Listen to Dialogue

Jacob Krueger has written a great article about dialogue and how, for the most part, audiences don’t really listen to it. Just watch The Artist to see how unnecessary most dialogue is. That isn’t to say that great dialogue isn’t a key component of great scripts. I’ll let Jacob explain:

Remember the first scene of The Social Network? Aaron Sorkin’s spitfire banter ricocheting at high velocity between Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend Erica.

The scene is so brilliantly written, you probably barely noticed that you didn’t understand half of what these characters were saying to each other!

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April 21, 2011

Script: The Social Network

Here’s the Oscar-winning script for The Social Network, penned by Aaron Sorkin. I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but Aaron Sorkin is a living legend and a screenwriting hero of mine. Any writer can learn a thing or two from reading Sorkin’s work.