Best of the Web 3 Nov

Story & Structure :: “How To Write An Awesome Movie, According To Some Of Hollywood’s Best Writers” :: The Writer Speaks: William Goldman :: The 25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining :: Screenplay Review – Dark Continent :: Horror Movie Clichés Script Perfection :: Entrepreneurship => Impact :: Jeff Willis’s Creative Rights advice for … Read more

Best of the Web 13 Oct

Story & Structure :: Structuring Your Script with the Dan Harmon Story Circle :: Dialogue as “Character Communication” :: Great Character: Frank (“Donnie Darko”) :: Great Scene: “Rocky” :: Ten Screenwriting Lessons You Can Learn From ‘Toy Story 3’ :: Screenplay Review – Our Name Is Adam Script Perfection :: Top 10 Tips for Writing … Read more

Best o/t Web 8 Aug 10

:: Martin Scorcese on story versus plot.
:: Stuck for ideas? Look around you in everyday life.
:: The psychological process from disunity to unity, Inception’s elements.
:: The key to presenting religion in science fiction.
:: A look at scene description: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
:: Young Adult and Diablo Cody.
:: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Spielberg script.
:: Interview with screenwriter Alex Litvak.
:: The benefits of reading aloud, hear your story.

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Structure: Juno

At the time of release, much of the attention surrounding JUNO went to the screenwriter rather than the script. Now the dust around Diablo Cody has settled, some voices have questioned the quality of the script. by Karel Segers I still believe it is a wonderful independent film, well-structured and beautifully written. Usually I am … Read more

The (Necessary) Evil of Dialogue

Zinneman called it a ‘necessary evil’ and wordsmith par excellence David Mamet says: “A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.“ I am not an expert, not even a native English speaker and I most certainly lack a deep knowledge of vocabulary. My passion is for story and structure. So much … Read more