Structure – The Help

Breaking down Tate Taylor’s award-winner The Help (2011), proved challenging. The same issue making the piece hard to analyze, simultaneously makes it extraordinary. Taylor takes remarkable care of his characters, giving each and everyone a defined and meaningful arc. So, what’s the problem? The main issue (for me, not the film) is that The Help presents more than one character fighting for the title …

Screen Dialogue Genius: Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is a phenomenal screenplay, and a great movie. I read the script long before seeing the film, and had such a great experience that I was almost fearful of watching the movie. Like when you read a great book, you don’t believe the movie can add to it. Fortunately, in this case the writer of the book also directed …

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Charlie Kaufman Masterclass In Sweden

Charlie Kaufman in Sweden

Nakedly sincere, Charlie Kaufman presents us with a strikingly insightful masterclass on writing without a formula, the responsibilities of a film-maker and the art of failing. Although diffident and somewhat gawky in appearance, Kaufman’s surety of his own work is absolute. “If what you’re doing does not have the possibility of failing, then by definition, you’re not doing anything new.” …