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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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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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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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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Matthew Weiner on Screenwriting

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The Paris Review —that hipster-ish magazine that must be read with horn-rimmed glasses while smoking a pipe— features a not too frequent series of interviews with screenwriters under the title, “The Art Of Screenwriting.” I have only read their latest one, with Mad Men showrunner and creator Matthew Weiner. A few of his ideas called my attention and gave me interesting material to reflect upon.

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Script Problems

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If there ever was something smarter than learning from one’s errors, that would be learning from other people’s errors too. (They can often be the same ones, granted.) Late last year, FastCo.Create and The Blackboard published an infographic displaying data gathered by an anonymous script reader. “Over 300 scripts from 5 different studios” constituted the sample. Besides some merely circumstantial stats such as genre, heroes’ and villain’s (and writers’) sex, or page count —or the surprising and incomprehensible fact that 2 of those 300 scripts were located in “the endless skies” (sic)—, the most interesting conclusions are the Recurring script problems, listed in descending order of frequency. I do this beating my own chest in the first place, because when we try to “design the perfect script” is when we usually fall in all these common places.

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Some of the Most Interesting Scripts of 2013

Reading film scripts is always one of the (many) jobs of those who want to end up writing them — although, as The Mystery Exec once said, it’s also good to pick up a book every once in a while. In any case, as we get to the end of the year, here are some of the most interesting (not necessarily “best”) scripts of 2013. You can find a broader selection on Scott Myer’s Go Into The Story.

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