THR’s Writer Roundtable: Why ‘Schindler’s List’ Is Irresponsible and When Judd Apatow was a Dishwasher

THR Award Season Roundtable brings together Judd Apatow, Mark Boal, David Magee, Chris Terrio, Michael Hanekeand and John Krasinski for an hour long discussion on the craft of screenwriting. Full Transcript below The Hollywood Reporter roundtables typically draw diverse groups of talented people. But the six men who gathered Oct. 2 at The Residences at the W Hollywood might be Read MoreRead More

Keys to the Craft: What You Must Do To Become a Better Screenwriter (or Filmmaker)

Scott Myers ran an excellent series on five habits that you must invest in in order to excel at screenwriting (or filmmaking for that matter). Think Concepts If you write a spec script based upon the first story idea that comes into your mind, that script will likely suck. Even if it’s decent, it probably Read MoreRead More

Judd Apatow: Confessional Personal Comedies in a Big Studio World

Scott Foundas interviews Judd Apatow about his latest film This is 40, his inspiration for Funny People, and trying to maintain expectations between career and family. If Apatow’s film career to date can be seen as tour of key stations in the journey from the cradle to the grave—a Jewish comic’s 2001 that begins with the loss of virginity (The Read MoreRead More

Bad Movie Dialogue Speaks in Complete Sentences

Grammar Nazis will have to plug their ears for this one. Real language is full half developed sentences that just get… well… you know… interrupted. “Bad movie dialogue speaks in complete sentences without any overlapping or interruption, and avoids elliptical speech, which is truer to how people actually talk.” This from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. Read MoreRead More

When should I enter / exit the scene?

Scott Myers identifies some best practices for when to enter and exit a scene in your screenplay. Here’s another screenwriting mantra: “Enter the scene as late into the action as possible, and leave the scene as soon as you can.” If you don’t believe me, how about the dean of contemporary screenwriters William Goldman: “You Read MoreRead More

Robert Ben Garant on Writing Scripts for Studios

In this hour-long presentation at Loyola University New Orleans, Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, Night at the Museum) talks about writing for a studio system and the importance of structure. Robert Ben Garant also has a book (Writing Movies for Fun and Profit) with writing partner Thomas Lennon which I can personally recommend. Writing Movies For Fun Read MoreRead More

A Coversation with Harry Potter Director David Yates

David Yateshas helmed the director’s seat for the final four Harry Potter films. In this talk at London Screenwriters’ Festival he talks about how a Lancashire lad with a solid reputation in directing acclaimed shorts and TV productions such as State of Play, Sex Traffic and the Girl in the Cafe suddenly finds himself in the Read MoreRead More

What Does “Literary Style” Mean in Terms of Writing a Screenplay?

Screenwriting requires it’s own style often depending on the whether the script is a selling script or a shooting script. Scott Myers details some of these differences and examines a few scripts for writing style. Let me preface my comments by making a distinction between a selling script and a shooting script. A shooting script is a production Read MoreRead More

Science Reveals What Makes a Catchy Movie Line

Mama always said writing memorable movies lines was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. That is until now. Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has created software that identifies memorable quotes with the same accuracy of humans. This means computers might one day help writers test Read MoreRead More

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