Movies

Everything That’s Wrong With Film Critics

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The release of Batman V Superman this past weekend has caused many to wonder whether film critics have any weight on the viewer’s decisions. It’s probably not a new topic of debate, but it gives me the chance of making a brief reflection on the role of the critic.

First things first, let it be known that I bought a ticket for the Zack Snyder movie and went and watched it. I didn’t like it, mainly because I thought it was stupid. But that’s the full extent of my opinion, and whatever else I might have to say about it will be delivered to friends over beers. (I also made a mean tweet about it, but if you don’t want any spoilers, you shouldn’t look at it—no matter how silly the spoiler in question may seem—.)

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Screenwriting

The Best (Available) Scripts of 2015

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The last few years have been great for readers of scripts, and 2015 was not going to be less so. Although a comprehensive library of scripts made public by studios —”free and legal”— can be found at GITS, here’s a selection of the ones I’ve found most interesting, or I look forward to reading most.

In other news, the Black List 2015 and Hit List 2015 have been also recently published: you can check out the chosen scripts, their authors, and loglines in the PDF files linked above.

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Screenwriting

Welcoming Amazon Storywriter

Thank you, Amazon. I’m impressed. This time more than ever before. (And I haven’t even seen The Man In The High Castle yet.)

A couple of hours ago, an e-mail popped up in my inbox under the subject line “Announcing Amazon Storywriter.” The link took me onto a web-based word processor specifically designed for professional screenplay format.

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Screenwriting

The Blacklist: My Experience

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Yesterday a new partnership was announced between The Blacklist and ALMA Guionistas, that will give Spanish screenwriters the opportunity to enjoy discounted rates in the script-hosting services of the site. As a novel writer from Spain who has spent some time in Los Angeles, I feel compelled to write about my personal experience regarding The Blacklist, in case it proves helpful to anyone in a similar situation as mine.

First off, and I want to be very clear: this is good news. Any opportunity for Spanish screenwriters to approach the channels of the Hollywood script market is not only welcome, but much needed. So, congratulations to ALMA for making this partnership happen. It is a very hopeful first step.

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Screenwriting

Script Reads from 2014

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Since recently, production companies and studios have begun to put up on the Internet the scripts of their already-released films as one more way to create awards buzz. This is fairly new, and also a great advantage for us young writers. Much like last year’s post,  below you’ll find some of the most interesting scripts of 2014, legally available for download.

Click at will. For your consideration, enjoyment, and education.

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Short Story

The Letter To The Magi, A Christmas Tale

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years, I leave you with the holiday-themed short story I’ve composed for this year (feedback is welcome, as always.)

Other bilingual short stories:

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Entertainment Industry

The Casablanca Experiment

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All film buffs and cinephiles have seen the wonderful Casablanca, and an overwhelming majority consider it a masterpiece. The same goes for many other classics we consider to be true, lasting works of art.

And yet, if we ask ourselves, “Would this movie be made today?” Would it get past the never ending layers of filters —readers, creative execs, big-time execs, financiers, studio analysts, whatnot— that today’s Hollywood puts up to minimize commercial risk? I understand the question is not fair, because what was made at a certain time and place doesn’t necessarily have to made at a different time and place… But, since we all agree it is such a powerful film, I’ll take the liberty of posing the question.

Would Casablanca get green-lit in present-day Hollywood?

And I will answer with a real-life experiment, cited from Bill Mesce‘s book,  Overkill: The Rise And Fall of The Thriller Cinema (McFarland: 2007.)

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