Posts tagged ‘video’

November 13, 2013

Video: Writer Roundtable with This Year’s Likely Oscar Contenders

The Hollywood Reporter recently held their annual Writer Roundtable, and they invited some of the hottest names in screenwriting:

When The Hollywood Reporter invited George Clooney and Grant Heslov to participate in this year’s Writer Roundtable, their Nazi art-heist drama The Monuments Men was considered likely to contend in multiple awards categories. Alas, four days after the Oct. 18 discussion at The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Monuments Men was bumped by distributor Sony Pictures to Feb. 7 — unfinished visual effects were cited as the reason — and out of the awards race (at least for this year).

Luckily, Clooney, 52, and Heslov, 50, are such good talkers,THR readers likely won’t care that their movie isn’t in contention yet. The duo joined Clooney’s Gravity writer Jonas Cuaron, 31 (he penned the action-heavy script with his director father, Alfonso), Before Midnight co-writer Julie Delpy, 43, Enough Said writer-director Nicole Holofcener, 53, 12 Years a Slave‘s John Ridley, 49, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler‘s Danny Strong, 39, for a conversation that veered from Paddy Chayefsky to Sarah Palin and Edward Snowden. Said Clooney, “Now we’re getting in some deep shit!”

Visit The Hollywood Reporter to read the transcript of the conversation.

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October 21, 2013

Video: How Great Screenwriters Prepare to Write

BAFTA has shared a wonderful short video in which half a dozen screenwriters discuss how they prepare to write. The writers cover such topics as how much they outline, their method for outlining, how many hours a day they write, and what works best for them to keep them creative and productive.

Click here to watch this video.

July 8, 2013

Video: Game of Thrones, Mad Men Showrunners on Creating Emmy-Winning TV

Charlie Schmidlin of IndieWire has shared a great video of a roundtable discussion, put together by The Hollywood Reporter, with some of the top showrunners working in television today (Scripts for many of the shows mentioned are linked to below):

With the surplus of quality series currently on cable television, there are also the notable names and personalities behind them — “Mad Men” and Matthew Weiner, D.B. Weiss and “Game of Thrones,” Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom.” All are articulate, enjoyable, and insightful, and thanks to the coming Emmy season, a roundtable with them and others has hit the web.

The latest in a long line of THR’s Roundtable series, the 55-minute Emmy discussion includes Weiner, Sorkin, Weiss, and also Alex Gansa (“Homeland”), Kevin Williamson (“The Following”), and Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”).Together, the group discusses their writing processes, violence in TV, and the personality types that enter the business. The diverse slate of shows that each showrunner represents means a varied back-and-forth over their approaches, content, and with guys like Sorkin and Weiner in the room, some choice quotes as well (“I’ve never seen an episode of ‘The West Wing‘ beyond season four,” says Sorkin.)

Watch the video at IndieWire.

 

June 5, 2013

John Cleese on 5 Things to Make Yourself More Creative

This advice applies to all sorts of professionals, not just screenwriters. It applies to all people, for that matter. Take a look at the whole talk below, but if you don’t have time, here are the main takeaways (pulled out by BrainPickings.)

  1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)

  2. Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)

  3. Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)

  4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)

  5. Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

May 21, 2013

Learning from the Masters: An Interview with William Goldman

William Goldman is one of the most successful and sage screenwriters currently working in Hollywood. He’s the scribe behind Maverick, The Princess Bride, Misery, Marathon Man, All the President’s Men, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In this interview, he covers the business and the craft of screenwriting as well as his own writing and life.

My favorite line: As a new writer, “you can only write what you give a shit about.”

May 6, 2013

Video: Story-Mapping Iron Man 3

In this video Kal Bashir of How to Structure a Successful Story recently laid out a story map for Iron Man 3 (you’ll want to see the film before watching this, unless you don’t mind spoilers).

Kal outlines the structure of a number of great films on his website including Silver Linings Playbook and Skyfall — I highly recommend you check it out.

March 21, 2013

50 Best Opening Scenes of All Time

Film.com has put together a wonderful list complete with video clips of the fifty best opening film scenes of all time. This list is Not America-centric, so you’re sure to come across several foreign films you haven’t seen. Look over the clips and Film.com’s review of each and get inspired to write a groundbreaking opening scene of your own.

Here are the top five films on the list:

5.) “Touch of Evil” (Orson Welles) 1958

The nearly wordless opening shot of Orson Welles’ other other *other* masterpiece is arguably more famous than the film it portends, a 200-second tracking shot that begins with an adorably old-fashioned bomb being planted in the trunk of a car, and ends with a bang (and a kiss). A self-contained (but not self-serving) masterpiece of cinematic suspense, the elaborately choreographed tracking shot is made all the more impressive by how firmly it anchors the nihilistic noir that follows. It may not be the cinema’s most impressive long shot anymore (thanks, “Russian Ark”), but it’s still the most perfect (except for that whole Charlton Heston in brownface thing). – DE

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March 15, 2013

Video: 5 Great Screenwriters Talk Craft

Christopher Boone of NoFilmSchool.com has put together five videos of award-winning screenwriters talking about their writing process. Boone writes:

Today I present to you five award-winning screenwriters discussing their approach to the craft of screenwriting. You may want to get a snack or even a small meal because some of these videos are long, but all of them offer unique insights into how each of these writers (or writing teams) approach a story, and then break the story down into screenplay format. Hopefully, these videos will educate and inspire you as you work on your own screenwriting craft.

Check out all of the videos at NoFilmSchool.com.

November 8, 2012

Crafting a Deliciously Evil Villain

Respected screenwriting teacher Jacob Krueger has put out a new instructional video on how to create the perfect villain. Here is what he had to say:

July 19, 2012

The Beauty of Film

Flavorwire has posted a video entitled “135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema.” This video is an excellent reminder to screenwriters that our words become moving images, and that we’ve chosen this medium because we understand that words have power that images do not and images have power that words do not. Together… well, I think Ingrid Bergman said it best:

Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.

Watch the video below, then go to the original article to see the list of all the films sampled.