23 January, 2008

Nora Ephron, screenwriter, article

New York Times:

"It’s much easier to write a screenplay on a computer than on a typewriter. Years ago, when you wrote a screenplay on a typewriter, you had to retype the entire page just to make the smallest change; now, on the computer, you can make large and small changes effortlessly, you can fiddle with dialogue, you can change names and places with a keystroke. And yet movies are nowhere near as good as they used to be. In 1939, when screenwriters were practically still using quill pens, the following movies were among those nominated for best picture: “Gone With the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Wuthering Heights” and “Stagecoach,” and that’s not even the whole list. So: is it possible that computers are responsible for the decline of movies?"

2 comments:

evil twinz said...

Computers responsible??

No way. It's the fact that all those 1939 Oscar-nominated movies haven't been watched by the likes of me and the rest of my generation. Which is fine for me cos I'm not really a writer, but if writers don't know thow the celebrated stuff of the past works out, are they really dedicated to their craft?

I don't know by the way. Just trying to be controversial. Hi Robin, love the blog. Didn't realise you were in Birmingham, I'm in Leicester.

Robin Kelly said...

Thanks Evil, I certainly agree with you that we should stand on the shoulders of giants rather than trying to re-invent the wheel.

While there aren't as many of those classics on TV as there were in my day growing up (in the 90s) there is still the occasional gem.