03 October, 2009

Linkage - 03/10/09

"Where have all the screenwriters gone?" by Phil Parker
Screen Daily
"The decline in UK productions based on original screenplays has been caused by a misguided film-industry culture says development consultant Phil Parker"
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The 2009 Brit List

Screen Daily
A list of the top British (and Irish) specs based on the US Black list
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Writers & Show Creators Interviews

Archive of American Television
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Jane Campion interview
AV Club
"I think that three-act fundamentalism in film culture is a problem"
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Adrian Mead - Making It as a Screenwriter - videos
Scottish Book Trust

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Guillermo Arriaga interview

Denton Record-Chronicle
“I have been trying to bring literary structure to the cinema. …"
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Dogme 09.8 Manifesto: Ten limitations for better movies
Jim Emerson's Scanners blog
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"13 Writing Tips" by Chuck Palahniuk
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"Screenwriting: Writing for the Camera" by writer-director John Allen
The Crafty Writer
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Screenwriting podcasts
On The Page
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The Importance of Being Structured
Cover My Script
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"18 Ways to a Sustainable, Truly Free Film Community" by Ted Hope
The Wrap
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"Popular fairy tales and folk stories are more ancient than was previously thought"
Daily Telegraph
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The problem with positive thinking
Seth Godin
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Square one is underrated
Seth Godin
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James Hull articles

Screenplay.com
Stories Exist for One Purpose: Meaning; Of Tragedies and Triumphs; How to End a Movie; Setups and Payoffs and The Lives of Others; The Headline and Heartline of a Story; Every Character Should Have An Arc; The Importance of the Story Limit; A Good Impact Character Makes Things Uncomfortable; The Case of the Missing Heart; A Story is an Argument; The Second Most Important Character in a Film; Consistent Plot Points
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The Mobile Phone Cop-out

This brilliant compilation by Four Four highlights one my biggest annoyances with horrors/thrillers and this video shows many more examples than I thought there were.

However some do it better than others. Try and spot the one where the screenwriter knows it's a cop-out and over-sells it. At one point I expected the character to do a PowerPoint presentation on cell coverage in the USA.


But I reserve the right to use this cop-out when I can't be arsed to do it properly.


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And finally (via Dean Lines) a must read article unrelated to scriptwriting that is somehow very related to scriptwriting and any art/craft.

"14 years ago: the day Teller gave me the secret to my career in magic."
Brian Brushwood
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