July 23, 2014

Go Script

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The script for Go was written by John August. This link will take you to the shooting script, this one will take you to the original spec script.

July 23, 2014

Quote of the Day: David Wain

Every rule is made to be (and has been successfully) broken. But I would say every script has to have a “reason to be” — a vague but helpful rudder that has kept me on track during long, frustrating projects.

July 22, 2014

Screenwriter Profile: Richard Linklater

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Richard Linklater is a genius. Period. He’s one of the most innovative writers and directors working in film today, as his recent film Boyhood certainly attests. (If you haven’t seen Boyhood yet, go to a theater right now. It’s that good. And if you have the script, please, please send it to me.) Linklater is the writer/director behind such wonderful films as Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Bernie, Dazed and Confused, and A Scanner Darkly.  read more »

July 22, 2014

Quote of the Day: Richard Linklater

You have to follow [a question] through production, post-production, and then some. If you can ever get into something and have it all figured out, then you probably shouldn’t make a film about it. Then, you’re done. 

July 18, 2014

Before Sunset Script

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The release of Boyhood has reminded me just how much I love Richard Linklater. He wrote the Before Sunset script as the follow up to Before Sunrise. You can also read the third piece of the trilogy, Before Midnight, and you can purchase a book containing both Before Sunrise and Before Sunset from Amazon.

July 18, 2014

Quote of the Day: Diablo Cody

Nobody wants to make movies about unfuckable women, period. I always have to make everyone hotter. “She can be pregnant, but she has to be cute too.” “She can be a burn victim, but she has to be cute too.” “We can’t put glasses on Amanda Seyfried; she won’t look as hot.” It never fucking ends. My latest script is about a woman in her sixties, so that should be interesting. She’ll be a very fuckable 60, I’m sure.

July 17, 2014

A HUGE Collection of Advice from Working Writers

Jordan Zakarin of Buzzfeed went a little crazy and put together a pretty massive collection of advice from some of the most successful writers working in Hollywood today. He asked them all questions about their creative process, developing characters, dialogue, and much more. Go through the treasure trove of insights at Buzzfeed. Here are a few highlights to pique your interest:

Paul Feig:I say [dialogue] out loud. If I can’t say it and make it sound convincing and not clunky, then no poor actor will be able to make it any better. You have to trust that your audience is generally way ahead of you. They’re smart and they know the language of film. They can guess who’s going to fall in love with whom and who works where and what they want. If you start telling them things they already figured out, they’ll start to hate you for treating them like idiots. The only people who tend to want more exposition are executives who think audiences aren’t smart.”

Richard Linklater: “There are a million ideas in a world of stories. Humans are storytelling animals. Everything’s a story, everyone’s got stories, we’re perceiving stories, we’re interested in stories. So to me, the big nut to crack is to how to tell a story, what’s the right way to tell a particular story. So I’m much more interested in narrative construction.”

Diablo Cody:I envy writers who have their shit together! You should see my computer desktop. It’s like 9 million Final Draft documents, pictures of my kids, and photos of haircuts I wish I had.”

Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter: “For us, creating backstories isn’t as helpful as, say, asking what a real person would do in the situation and jumping off from there. If your character wouldn’t do what a normal person would do, then why not? What’s the deal with that? We’ve always found bringing it back to reality to be the most helpful tool with every project.

Brian Koppelman: “If a scene doesn’t have either internal or external conflict, it had better be damned interesting.”

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July 17, 2014

Quote of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.

July 14, 2014

Glengarry Glen Ross Script

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The Glengarry Glen Ross script was written by David Mamet.

July 14, 2014

Quote of the Day: Art Arthur

Don’t get it right, get it written.