Some claim the 70’s was the best decade for film. I agree. The decade of Jaws and Star Wars was also that of Chinatown, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Alien. It was the time of the smart thrillers: political, conspiracy, spy thrillers. A director who mastered all three, was Alan J. Pakula. He […]
How to create a great character. The holy grail for the beginning screenwriter. Yet, when you listen to the gurus, it sounds so simple. Once you have a few scripts under your belt, you will realise how difficult it can be. Great characters are essential to an engaging sellable story. This is true for the movies, and even more for TV. Now, the […]
While you’re stuck, it may be an idea to just do a writing exercise, without the pressure of having to come up with new material. This is all about honing your skills, and creating the right habits for when the creative juices explode again.
‘What if we could somehow take these feelings – fear, sadness, disgust, joy… and make them into characters? If we do this right, it could be like our version of the Seven Dwarves… Each of them has a very distinct, definite, and very caricatured way of approaching the world…‘ Pixar’s Pete Docter discusses Pixar and […]
‘I would hope that I’ve changed… I know that cinema’s changed, I know that we speed read movies now compared to forty years ago. Road Warrior 1,200 shots, this movie has 2,700 shots… the average block buster is between 2,000 and 3,000 shots. The first Jurassic Park had no more than 950 shots, I think… […]
‘I grew up as a big fan of movies. I love movies. Movies felt like this big, sacred, really cool thing… Movies felt like this endless library of really cool stories… and I came into it right when everything stopped being possible. The modern market is getting increasingly frightened of this…’ Rising star Max Landis, […]
The Wire has a Hero’s Journey, in case you missed it. It is also the one TV show I keep going back to. The HBO production first aired in June 2002, and since then, the show won a large following of people who – like me – call it the best show on TV, ever. The original […]