Best of the Web 14 Oct

Story & Structure :: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times :: Openings and ‘Goodfellas’ :: 10 Tips for Generating Killer Science Fiction Story Ideas :: Training Day Script Review Script Perfection :: An Interview with Kim Krizan on Writing :: George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words” and Other Profanities :: F-Bombs on Mom :: … Read more

Killing Them Softly: How A Screenwriter Murdered His Own Protagonist

Killing Them Softly: How A Screenwriter Murdered His Own Protagonist Character Analysis by Jamie Wynen Andrew Dominik’s (The Assassination of Jesse James, Chopper)  latest film is an adaptation of the novel 1973 crime novel Cogan’s Trade, starring Brad Pitt as the excitingly dangerous Jackie Cogan, Animal Kingdom veteran Ben Mendelsohn, and the implausibly named Scoot McNairy. … Read more

Mini Review – Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Jesse (Josh Radnor) is 35 and lives in New York, where he reads continuously and is admired from afar by a woman with a large forehead. But Jesse still yearns for college, the only place where “you can tell people you’re a poet and not get punched … Read more

Logline it! – Week 13

Writing loglines is an essential skill for screenwriters, from early development through to the pitch. In this section, every week our panel reviews a few loglines posted to Learn from the feedback and perfect your own loglining skills. by The Judges Drown “Drown is a hard hitting feature film about bullying andhomophobia. Three surf lifesavers on … Read more

[Video]: Andrew Dominik on adapting Killing Them Softly


Screenwriter-director Andrew Dominik discusses adapting Cogan’s Trade into the upcoming release, Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt and Ben Mendelsohn. What attracted him to making the film? How much thought went into the process? Do films make any sense when they’re allowed to grow organically rather than being planned? If you liked this, check out … Read more