Comparing the Opening Scene of “Saving Private Ryan” to the Original Script

Scott Myers compares  Robert Rodat’s first few pages of script to Steven Spielberg’s finished film version: * Rodat uses some of the secondary slugs simply to identify a location (e.g., OFFSHORE, THE CLIFFS) or a character (e.g., A FIGURE, MILLER), but other times he conveys action within the slug itself: A DIRECT HIT ON A NEARBY LANDING Read MoreRead More

Story Structure: The Art of the Dilemma

Using the Showtime series, Ray Donovan, explore how dilemma is essential to a series plot structure. Having strong dilemmas is the key to a successful TV pilot. A dilemma is when your lead character is forced into a choice where neither choice is a good one; in other words, there is not a clear choice. They are Read MoreRead More

Post-Water-Cooler TV: How to Make a TV Drama in the Twitter Age

There’s no denying it, the world of television consumption is not what it was a mere 5 or 10 years ago. The New York Times gathered the folks that steer six of the best dramas on television for their take on creating TV for the Twitter Age. Q. With seismic shifts in viewing habits, audiences Read MoreRead More

Billy Wilder’s Ten Rules of Filmmaking

In Conversations with Wilder, Cameron Crowe lays out Billy Wilder’s ten rules of Filmmaking: The audience is fickle. Grab ‘em by the throat and never let ‘em go. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character. Know where you’re going. The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better Read MoreRead More

Script Consultants, Good or Bad?

Entertainment Attorney Christopher Schiller discusses some of the legal implications when bringing in a script consultant on your screenplay. Script Consultants Defined The first problem we face is that there is no strict definition of what a script consultant actually is. There is set definition, list of parameters, assets, offerings or options. There are no tests Read MoreRead More

Ian Fleming interviews Screenwriter and Novelist Raymond Chandler (1958)

In July of 1958, to mark the publication of Chandler’s last book, Playback, BBC brought Chandler and Ian Fleming together on the air. Fleming and the BBC broadcaster producing the program picked up Chandler at 11 A.M. on the day of the interview and even though they “found his voice slurred with whisky,” the broadcast went quite Read MoreRead More

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