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Posts tagged movie
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Too funny! Watch for the name of the Sergeant and the password!
In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their very foundations. A “problem” appears near the end of the first act; and, in the second act, the conflict generated by this problem takes center stage. Conflict is used to create reader involvement even by many post-modern writers, whose work otherwise defies traditional structure.
The necessity of conflict is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general—arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
- Django Unchained
- “Amour” Michael Haneke
- “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
- “Life of Pi” Ang Lee
- “Lincoln” Steven Spielberg
More links to current screenplays from the lovelypeople at No Film School.
Justified creator Graham Yost (center) gave the creative keynote at The 2012 New York Television Festival on Tuesday. Some highlights, via Mandi Bierly of Entertainment Weekly and Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club:
On season four of Justified, now two weeks into production:…
This is a copy of an actual Chinatown shooting script. The Adobe Acrobat file is somewhat large because it’s an image rather than a text file, so save it to your desktop, read it at your leisure, and if you’d like print it for your script library. This document may be difficult to read in places and it doesn’t reflect correct spec (or reading) script format, but it’s an opportunity for beginning screenwriters to see what an original shooting script looks like.
According to the industry’s most-respected screenwriters, this script reflects some of the best writing in the history of film. —Lex Williford
Roman Polanski gives a masterclass on the making of Chinatown. Hear why he believes it to be his best film, and learn the stories behind his approach to script construction, mise en scene, directing difficult actors, and unhappy endings.
He doesn’t promise an extensive consult or coverage-just that he’ll read it and give you advice. Still it’s only five bucks to have him take a look and see if you’re on the right track.
“I’ve been a Hollywood screenwriter, development exec, creative consultant, writer’s assistant, producer’s assistant, agent’s assistant… I’ve given feedback to professional writers at all levels, from staff writers to showrunners. I know what works and what doesn’t… so I’ll read your script and give you the advice you need to make your story better!”