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Birdman
SPOILERS! Good Reader, if you haven’t seen the movie Birdman, you might want to pass this week’s entry. We’ll be checking out the script for Birdman, which you can find here.  My over/under on Oscar wins for this movie is 5 including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Original Script, so yeah, I dug it. Inarritu and […]
Great Scenes: Birdman
Want to write great screenplays? Read them. That logic is too facile– like saying everyone who pays for classes at Second City will end up on Saturday Night Live, or win an Oscar like Adam McKay. The walls of Second City are filled with famous faces, but for every one of them who “made it”, […]
The Long Take
Today I’d like to riff off something I did with a series of post on the Buzzfeed article on the “129 most beautiful frames in the movies”. This time it’s a great Screen Crush article on The Long Take. I wondered what the scripts would look like for these famous long take action sequences. Academic […]
Oscars Edition: 2015
With the Oscars about 10 days off, time for a quick rundown. I shall turn my gaze to each Oscar category and give you one ex-craps dealer’s prognostication on who will win. Good Reader, no wagering or Vegas odds offered here! BEST PICTURE No contest. I thought this would be closer. All the nominees have […]
Going Vertical: 28 Days Later
Give white space. Go vertical. You hear that from about 10,000 websites and I guess I’m gonna be 10,001. As a screenwriter, you don’t want this  ———————————————————————> You want this……. Driving the eye down the page. Why is that an advantage? Always comes back to the reader. If you haven’t written a micro-budget you’ll need […]
Format Smorgasbord
I don’t know why I picked this photo to start this post. Sure, the sexy Swede on the left can’t hurt. Closer to the truth though is it reminds me of my all-time fav all-you-can-eat joint in Chicago, the Red Apple. Red Apple is Polish, not Swedish, $20 fish all-in which includes the 20% tip […]
Round Up The Usual Suspects
Perspective is the key to understanding. Put yourself in the shoes of the Unknown Screenwriter. You want to learn about screenwriting craft. It’s a priority. You’re going to make time for this.  You’re bringing energy to the game, making it a priority. And you’re spending cash on books, and webinars, and sage advice by the […]