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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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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Screenwriting

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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