Archive for September, 2009

Can Screenwriting Be Taught?


Julian Friedmann, agent and editor of ScriptWriter magazine, discusses the effectiveness of screenwriting courses.

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Screenplay: Writing the Picture

This is a complete screenwriting course — from developing a theme, researching a story, plotting and structuring a script, developing characters, and plying methods that aid the actual writing and rewriting processes to understanding the ins and outs of marketing and pitching scripts. Well-written, comprehensive, and filled with illustrative screenplay examples, both innovative and tried-and-true writing techniques, sage advice from veteran writers, and pertinent writing anecdotes (more…)

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David S. Goyer has a deliciously twisted mind. (They don’t call him “The Prince of Darkness” for nothing.) And he knows how to bring comic book characters and superheroes to kicking, screaming, vengeful life, as he did in The Crow: City of Angels, the Blade series, and Batman Begins. His intense Batman screenplay, written with director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia), resurrected the moribund Dark Knight franchise and confirmed his writing voice as a go-to source for a green light. Here, in this wry and surprising dialogue, Goyer reveals his tricks of the trade for how to intimidate a room full of studio executives, when to stand on principle, how to hook an actor’s ego with killer character descriptions and dialogue, and why fear can pay the bills.

 

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Sponsored by the Writers Guild Foundation, the WGA, West and Variety, Beyond Words is an annual event honoring WGA award-nominated screenwriters. Hosted by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old …

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Acclaimed writer-director Paul Haggis has been a fixture of television and film for over 25 years. In this wide-ranging interview, the Oscar®-winning co-screenwriter, director, and producer of Cra…

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