Archive for June, 2014

John August On Scene Description

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Screenwriter John August gives advice on how to write better scene description in this helpful clip. 

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Linda Woolverton On Writing Maleficent

Monday, June 30th, 2014

In an interview with Backstage Magazine, screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) discusses writing Maleficent and developing the title character with star Angelina Jolie. 

“I started thinking about this in 2010 so it’s been through a lot of permutations, but the essence of the tale was in the first draft,” Woolverton says. “Everything I wanted to tell is there, and certainly with an actress of [Jolie’s] caliber, it hits all the colors of this character, of womankind. I wanted to show all aspects of her. Her weakness, her mistakes—I wanted to depict all of that. As human beings we have all those different aspects!”

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Seth Rogen On Themes And Ideas

Monday, June 30th, 2014

In this clip from the Academy, Seth Rogen discusses the theme that is present in all of his work: friendship. 

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Advice From Novelist Junot Díaz

Friday, June 27th, 2014

An inspiring bit of writing advice from novelist Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao).

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Creating Interesting Characters

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Instructor and screenwriter Cindy Davis (US adaptation of Spirited Away) on creating characters, storytelling, and dealing with studio notes.

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Elmore Leonard’s Top 10 Rules Writers

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Elmore Leonard’s Top 10 Rules for Writers (from a 2001 piece in the New York Times). His rules are geared towards novelists and short story writers, but the basics can be applied to screenwriting as well. 

“My most important rule is one that sums up the 10. If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”

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Stanley Kubrick’s Lost Films

Friday, June 27th, 2014

A fascinating 20 minute documentary about the lost films of Stanley Kubrick. 

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David Fincher On Filmmaking And Screenwriting

Friday, June 27th, 2014

In this clip from Film School Commentaries, David Fincher discusses his theories on filmmaking and screenwriting…

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Advice from Callie Khouri

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A quick piece of advice from Oscar winning screenwriter Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise). 

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Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

“First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.” 

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Paul Haggis on Third Person

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Paul Haggis (writer of Million Dollar Baby, writer/director of Crash) discusses a pivotal scene from his new film Third Person in this episode of the New York Times web series Anatomy of a Scene

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The Writer’s Life

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

3 short videos from the WGA about life as a screenwriter, featuring Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby), Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society), and more…

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Captain America Screenwriting Duo Discuss Their Process

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

In an interview with MovieLine, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (co-writers of the Captain America films and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) give 8 tips for writing a comic book movie. 

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10 Great Screenwriting Tips

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

10 screenwriting tips from IFP’s Script to Screen Conference, compiled by Filmmaker Magazine — featuring Leslye Headland, Liza Johnson, Madeleine Olnek, Ry Russo Young, Jonathan Ames, Henry Bean, and Jen Statsky.

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Advice from Stephen Gaghan

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

An amazing piece of advice from screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana, Rules of Engagement). 

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Screenwriting Secrets with Tony Grisoni

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Screenwriter Tony Grisoni (In This World, co-writer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) divulges his screenwriting secrets in this interview with BAFTA.  

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The Origin of the Screenplay

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

An interesting short video from Filmmaker IQ that traces the history and evolution of the screenplay.

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George Lucas On Writing Star Wars

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

George Lucas on creating the story of the original Star Wars trilogy. 

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Writer/Director Ava DuVernay On Her Creative Process

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Ava DuVernay (writer/director of Middle of Nowhere and the upcoming Martin Luther King biopic Selma) discusses her creative process in this clip from the Academy. 

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BAFTA: Focus on Screenwriting

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Screenwriters David Magee (Life of Pi), Joanna Scanlan (Getting On), Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and others discuss their writing process and give some advice in this clip from BAFTA. 

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