‘All story is manipulation. ‘ What gives a great story the power to move us? Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (Vietnam, Jack Johnson, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History) provides some key insights into how the skilful use of emotionally charged storytelling can bring alive historic events at 24 frames per second. Ken Burns: On Story […]
It seems that the Gilroys can’t do much wrong in Hollywood. Both Dan and Tony have a riveting and diverse list of credits to their name. They’ve also written enough box office green to keep them going for quite a little while. Tony wrote The Devil’s Advocate, Armageddon, and Michael Clayton, which he also directed. […]
‘I knew what the first image of the movie would be, and I knew what the last image of the movie would be – they were the bookend images…’ How does one write an Oscar-winning film in just two goes? Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s (The Last Exorcism Part II, The Grand Piano) Academy Award winning film […]
After Touch Of Evil‘s European premiere at the World Expo ’58, Les Cahiers du Cinema labeled Orson Welles’ film noir an ‘instant classic’. For years, it has been my favourite piece of pure cinema. My appreciation for Touch Of Evil has certainly nothing to do with its star. Far more interesting than Heston – or even his […]
‘I think of myself as terribly cynical, and very depressed. And that leads to a lot of very romantic writing. Inevitably the two are very intertwined.’ Legendary writer director Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, The Avengers, Firefly Dr Horrible’s Singalong Blog) enjoys mainstream success and a legion of cult-like followers, as well as equally passionate cadre […]
Initially, Better Call Saul was going to be a comedy spin-off for Breaking Bad fans. Then, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould claimed they were going to do something entirely different and new. Breaking genre. After only the first episode, it transpired that Gilligan & Gould came up with something that is tonally very close to Breaking Bad. […]
The theme of Glengarry Glen Ross is implied in this powerful inciting incident, where Baldwin’s character challenges the film’s anti-heroes with a deadline.