After decades in the biz, I see the same dialogue errors over and over again. Don’t make these mistakes. by David Trottier 1. Obvious exposition. Husband: “Darling, how long have we been married now?” Wife: “Silly, it’s been 20 years. Remember Hawaii—the North Shore?” Husband: “Oh yeah, that little honeymoon cottage.” When your characters seem […]
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Let’s face it, ever since David Mamet started directing his own movies, his screenwriting has gone downhill (Glengarry Glen Ross was a play first, remember). His last master piece for the screen was The Untouchables (1987), which he wrote for Brian De Palma. I saw the film at the Venice Film Festival where that year […]
Do you sometimes feel like you’re hearing the same lines over and over? You’d be surprised. Check out the compiled montage of Aaron Sorkin’s favourite lines across his various TV shows and films. If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you know of a great video on Screenwriting, […]
I love the Tintin comic books. They relaxed me as a uni student suffering from insomnia and now I read them with my 7yr old son. by Karel Segers When I first heard of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg’s plans to bring Tintin to the screen in 3D, I was wary. Earlier screen versions were […]
Take a fallen action movie star, plant him in a foreign language arthouse movie and tell his story. You might end up with indigestible pretention… or gold. by Karel Segers Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself, a dead end, down-and-out Hollywood star who returns to retire in his home country. But when he wants to withdraw […]
With the 5th and final season of Breaking Bad underway, let’s look back at how it started. The pilot episode planted this drama series squarely on the map and to my taste, Breaking Bad became an instant classic. The show is loved as much by its audience as by the critics and industry peers. Most […]
In Part four on the Academy Screenwriters’ series, some of America’s top scribes discuss strategies to overcome mediocre writing and achieve excellence in scripts. Not that you’re writing mediocre stuff, but… well, you know. The full series of interviews is here. If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if […]