[Video]: David O Russell on Silver Linings Playbook

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David O Russell (The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings) sits down with his editor Jay Cassidy to discuss how they were able to experiment with multiple approaches to character in the edit suite – and who they make films for.   If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And … 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

Best of the Web 22 Jul

Story & Structure :: How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method :: 25 Things You Should Know About Your Character :: Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips :: Blueprint to Check Once Your Script is Done :: The Iceberg Exposition Script Perfection :: Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Screenplay :: Does … Read more

Three or Four?

A properly structured screenplay must have three acts… Or four? I have said before that the model you use to improve your screenwriting is your own choice. At the end of the day it is all academic. Whatever works for you. The Dept Revisited – A rerun of the best of the Story Dept. A … Read more

Two Journeys of Change

A day in Michael Hauge’s romcom seminar inspired me to republish this brief article I wrote about a year and a half ago. Hauge claims the Inner and Outer Journey run in parallel. I think he’s right, with one small caveat. A gorgeous Sunday morning in a Manly cafe with a view on the ocean. … Read more