Screenwriting Best of the Web 16/08/09

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Here’s our weekly selection from the blogosphere. Feel free to recommend anything you believe might be of interest.

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  • John August notes that According to Wikipedia, at least one draft of Groundhog Day included an explicit reason for the time loop. In the movie version, it goes unexplained.
  • Alex Epstein reports that Mad Men is breaking with convention and will bypass traditional broadcasters in Canada in favor of an exclusive online deal with Apple.
  • “TV is a highly moralistic universe.  Good almost always triumphs over evil.  There are, of course, gray areas”, writes Lisa Klink.
  • UNK wonders how much you’d be willing to pay if you were “pretty sure that a movie by your favorite writer and or director was going to be a worthwhile experience”
  • The screenplay of Lawrence of Arabia is now available over at SimplyScripts.
  • I have decided not to run to see movies by Quentin Tarantino any longer. But I’ll forever remain a fan of Kermit Tarantino.
  • Let’s share in Mystery Man’s celebration of Hitchcock’s 110th birthday.
  • Remember this? The feature based on it will be upon us soon. And it sounds very promising: District 9.
  • I am constantly asked about how to sell scripts or get them produced. I’m not the only one.
  • This post by Seth Godin inspired me to thank the wonderful interns that have helped out in The Story Department over the past couple of years: Caroline Faerber, Yvonne Festerling, Susanne Jeran, Lauren Ashley, Tanya Cohen, Filiz Peksen, Marian Koedel, Diana Anders, Cleo Mees, Cherie Lee and Ross Williams.
  • Have you figured out on what basis Harrison Ford picks his screenplays?

COMING SOON to the Story Department:

  • “Confessions of a Scriptwriter”, the new guest article from Jack Feldstein, who spoiled us with his TERRIFIC series “The Psychology of Scriptwriting”.
  • “Maximising Your Success In Face-To-Face Script Pitching”, by Steven Fernandez.
  • Natasha Gadd on story for documentary.
  • The Fastest Pass: How to improve your entire screenplay draft in less than an hour.
Mad Men is breaking with convention and will bypass traditional broadcasters in Canada in favor of an exclusive online deal with Apple.
About the Author

Karel Segers

Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplay at age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in international movie rights acquisition, script development and production. He has trained and consulted to filmmakers all over the world, including award-winning screenwriters, and Academy Award nominees. Karel founded this website, as well as Logline.it!, ranks among the most influential people for screenwriting on social media, and speaks more than a handful of European languages (which should come in handy in his present hometown of Sydney, Australia).

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