The Mid Point Pit Stop [Because Your Screenplay Is Too Long]

In the early days of cinema, the feature presentation contained two parts, with an intermission halfway, at the mid point. The audience would stretch their legs, visit the bathroom and buy more popcorn. In fact, we didn’t buy popcorn back then. An ice cream vendor walked the aisles, and sold what I remember to be the best ice cream I … Read more

[Video]: Perspective and Ambiguity

In anticipation of the indie coming-of-age flick The Spectacular Now, we revisit an interview with celebrated writing team Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber as they talk about how they fit their first hit movie (500 Days of Summer) together: justifying perspective, managing the ambiguity of a character’s reality, and whether or not Summer really … Read more