Whiplash – Winner Or Loser?

Whiplash is one of the lowest grossing movies ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Totally unfair, if you ask me. It is a brilliant picture. It beats many winners over recent years. But hey, that’s my taste. Perhaps I relate to the film because I once knew my own Fletcher. By today’s standards, my piano teacher’s military … Read more

[Video]: Whiplash – Damien Chazelle Interview


‘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

Best of the Web 8 Feb

Script Perfection :: Bollywood Ocars: Best Screenplay, Dialogue & Best Story :: The Winning Screenwriters Are… :: How To Stay Invested In The 2015 Oscars Pitching & Selling :: ‘Imitation Game’ Wins Scripter Award For Adapted Screenplay :: ‘Gravity’ Lawsuit is a Problem for Writers in Hollywood: Best of the Rest :: Sundance Awards 2015 … Read more

The First Rule Of Screenwriting: Strong Concept

Last month I broke a record for the year. I saw three movies at the cinema that I truly enjoyed (and I only watched three). One of these three failed spectacularly at the box office: the Australian crime-action flick SON OF A GUN, written and competently directed by newcomer Julius Avery. It is by far the … Read more