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Best o/t Web 28 Feb 10

:: Writer Laeta Kalogridis of Shutter Island’s advice: “Live within your means.” :: An endless curiosity: the processes of other writers. :: 12 step plan for getting published. :: Screenwriter Sheldon Turner in the Dialogue Series, a focus on the craft. :: Creating romantic chemistry between your characters. :: Your first script will always stink. :: Picking your direction, what’s …

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The Natural Three Acts

If Shakespeare were writing screenplays now, he’d be laughed out of Hollywood. Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet were both five acts long. Some printed editions of Hamlet weigh in around 400 pages. Would he have made it through a pitch meeting?  Probably not.  Somewhere along the line someone would have told him that he needed to rewrite his work into …

Reviewed: Personality

“Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are” by Daniel Nettle. Oxford University Press, Oxford 298 pages. ISBN-978-0-19-921142-5 Amazon Price: US $10.17 I recently watched “Public Enemies”, Michael Mann’s portrait of John Dillinger, and came away very dissatisfied. John Dillinger was Public Enemy Number One, and Johnny Depp is a great Hollywood character actor. I therefore thought “Public Enemies” would …