Best o/t Web 31 Oct

:: Screenplay rejection letter from 1920s movie studio :: A seminar with Billy Wilder :: Stuck as a writer’s assistant? :: Are parentheticals overused? :: Why Doc Brown is the real villain of Back To The Future :: Drama from the non-dramatic :: Author’s e-novel to become Hollywood movie :: The art of book-to-film adaptations :: Why doesn’t more fantasy take place in the future? :: 5 essential Bruce Willis …

Video: The Formula For A Winning Trailer

All trailers look the same. Why? Because great movies have the same story components. [debate follows] Here, in the greatest simplicity, it is shown what to incorporate in your story that needs to go in the trailer. Well, kind of. With thanks to Louise Lee Mei and Niels Abercrombie.

Cinematic Storytelling (4)

Below is yet another example of narrative paintings. This one by Wes Christensen and titled “John’s Dilemma.” As strange as I know this will sound, the painting above brings to mind two films: The Conversation and Raging Bull. THE CONVERSATION Notice all of the straight, rigid lines – the walls, the shelves, the books, the television, and even the sculptures. This reminds me …