Chariots Of Fire Revisited [Running With Synthesizers]

In Writing Screenplays that Sell, Michael Hauge singles out Chariots Of Fire (1981)¬†as a cinematic outlier. It was an unlikely movie to generate big box office. Why? It is a biographical period piece, lacks high concept, and is set outside the US. Chariots of Fire was hugely successful, though. It ended up making nearly $60 … Read more

[Video]: Whiplash – Damien Chazelle Interview

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‘I knew what the first image of the movie would be, and I knew what the last image of the movie would be – they were the bookend images…’ How does one write an Oscar-winning film in just two goes? Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s (The Last Exorcism Part II, The Grand Piano) Academy Award winning film … Read more

[Video]: Richard Linklater on Boyhood

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Boyhood is one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2014, coupling an engaging story with themes of the current zeitgeist – divorce, responsibility, single parenthood. Screenwriter and director Richard Linklater sits down with Vice Magazine to discuss how he took pensive daydreams and created an Academy Award nominated film. If you liked this, check … Read more

[Video]: Argo writer Chris Terrio – Figuring It Out

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Rising star Chris Terrio (screenwriter of Argo, recipient of this year’s Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay) talks about failure, frustration, the ad-hoc path to screenwriting, and why Argo exists. Check out Chris Terrio’s vital statistics here.   If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you know of … Read more

[Video]: Highlights and Challengers of Being a Screenwriter

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Sometimes forget why you got into writing? Here’s a wry reminder from the Academy’s best about why you love it, even the tough bits. The full series of interviews is here. If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you know of a great video on Screenwriting, let us … Read more