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Jack LemmonActor Jack Lemmon offered his talent in some of the most iconic comedies in cinematic history, including Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, and of course, The Odd Couple. Needless to say, he acquired a wealth of wisdom in a career that spanned over half a century, and now thanks to filmschoolthrucommentaries, we get to listen in as Lemmon shares some great insight into one of his most compelling, dramatic roles, Shelley Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross, as well as what it was like working with the film’s writer, David Mamet. More »

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Writers Guild Foundation 101 Greatest ScreenplaysOver the past several months, we’ve shared links to several of the award-contending screenplays (only six months to go until awards season begins!). Reading an entire screenplay can certainly help when you’re studying story, structure and tone. Sometimes, though, we only need a little inspiration, just a few pages of a great script to motivate us to stop procrastinating and get back to writing. Throughout 2014, the Writers Guild Foundation is giving us just that — select pages from the WGA’s list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays. More »

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David MametDavid Mamet has solidified himself as a master of the stage and silver screen, having penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning play-turned-film Glengarry Glen Rossas well as receiving Oscar nominations for two of his screenplays. He’s a no-nonsense director, known to use a metronome during scene rehearsals in order to produce that iconic rhythm to his dialog, and his grasp of the scene makes him a credit to filmmaking. He shares his thoughts on film in a 15-minute video commentary, touching on everything from theories of the narrative to how to teach actors to “look at a scene.” More »

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This is an oldie but goodie. David Mamet wrote an impassioned memo to his writers on the now-cancelled show The Unit, laying out some principles of good dramatic writing. He wants three questions answered for every scene: “1) WHO WANTS WHAT? 2) WHAT HAPPENS IF [THEY] DON’T GET IT? 3) WHY NOW?” The memo also includes a few putdowns aimed at studio executives, and is a good read — and yes, he wrote it in ALL CAPS to stress the importance of what he was saying: More »