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Frozen screenplay Jennifer Lee ScriptNotes v2As a father with two young kids, I see almost every single animated movie that hits theatres. Thankfully, I skipped out on The Smurfs 2. So when I saw Frozen with my kids on Saturday afternoon of opening weekend in a packed theatre, I was thoroughly in awe. Somehow, Disney had managed to publicize a movie for months and never reveal it was a musical. It’s a really good musical, too, taking story risks not typically seen in Disney animated films. Now as screenwriters, we get an excellent opportunity to hear writer and co-director Jennifer Lee break down the entire creative process and screenplay of Frozen on the latest episode of ScriptNotes. More »

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Breaking Bad Alternate Endings Vince GilliganAs one of the taglines for final season of Breaking Bad said: “All bad things must come to an end.” Ending a great series, though, is such a challenge for the writers and creators of the show. How many times do the writers actually come up with an ending to a series that satisfies the audience? After the Breaking Bad series finale, Vince Gilligan revealed five endings he and his writers didn’t use for Breaking Bad in a candid conversation with editor Kelley Dixon on the Breaking Bad Insider Podcast. Rarely will a showrunner be this honest about what he or she actually pitched as possible endings to a show that were never used. So listen and learn from the podcast below. More »

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Tony Gilroy BAFTA Screenwriting Lecture 5 Simple Rules for Writing an Original ScreenplayNarrative film is certainly a collaborative medium, but almost always it begins with a writer putting words on a page. The blank page, unfortunately, isn’t the most collaborative partner. So, how do you write an original screenplay? Every writer has his or her own methods, and I think we can learn a great deal from the methods of a successful screenwriter. A few days ago, writer/director Tony Gilroy tackled this most basic question of how to write an original screenplay in his talk at the BAFTA Screenwriting Lecture series, which essentially boils down to five simple rules. More »

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Lawrence Kasdan Austin Film Festival On Story PodcastWhether staring at the blank page or struggling to cut 30 pages from a bloated first draft, every screenwriter has likely had the same thought: “This is so much easier for other screenwriters.” Guess what? It’s not easier for other screenwriters. Writing screenplays is hard. Sure, some screenwriters are very successful at writing great screenplays, but that doesn’t mean it was easy to write them. Don’t take it from me, though. Listen to Lawrence Kasdan tell you about the challenges he still faces today when he writes a screenplay, thanks to Austin Film Festival’s On Story podcast. More »

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As many of you know, one of the goals of NoFilmSchool is to keep our readers up to date regarding the latest in acquisition options and upcoming formats, as well as ways to put it all together. Less often are we able to move in the other direction so to speak, and bring you news about really innovative recording systems — from over 100 years ago. As digital filmmakers, videographers, and photographers, in a technological sense, we’re standing on the shoulders of giants. I’m sure there are moments in which many of us forget the years it has taken to bring our tools to the advanced level they’ve reached, and in which we just plain take those tools for granted. Why wouldn’t we? The recent (re)discovery of a comparatively ancient audio recording — one that allegedly features the world’s first recorded musical performance, as well as its first blooper — may help to remind us how good we really have it! Read on to hear the recording, and to find out how it was made possible. More »

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The Nerdist Writer’s Panel podcast, hosted and moderated by Ben Blacker, typically focuses on television writers. Since NFS focuses primarily on film, I haven’t featured this podcast here, but highly recommend it as a lot of fantastic narrative writing is happening in television today. In a recent Nerdist Writer’s Panel podcast, however, Blacker and his guest (and friend from seventh grade) writer/director Andrew Bujalski discuss how to make a living as an independent filmmaker today and over the past decade. During their wide-ranging conversation, Bujalski touches on the economic need to sell out, the tenth anniversary screening of his first feature film Funny Ha Ha, and the influential films of his youth. More »

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Submissions for several of the Tribeca Film Institute Filmmaker Programs opened yesterday. If you’ve been following the site, our own Ryan Koo was awarded an All Access grant from Tribeca for his upcoming film Manchild. TFI programs now accepting submissions until Nov. 5 include: TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, TFI Documentary Fund, TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund, and Tribeca All Access. Got questions about the submissions process? Tune in today at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT for a live webinar on USTREAM UPDATE: the webinar is archived and available below. More »

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As filmmakers, we recognize that this medium requires a collaborative process, and the writer-producer-director relationship drives this process forward. The relationship that connects the creative triumvirate, however, can easily degenerate from a collaboration to an all-out tug-of-war. Perhaps the best way to support the writer-producer-director relationship is for each party to take the time to understand the needs and desires of the other parties involved. Thanks to the BAFTA New Filmmakers’ Market, producer Kate Ogborn (The Deep Blue Sea, Red Riding trilogy), screenwriter Rupert Walters (Restoration, MI-5 television series), and director Brian Gilbert (Wilde) share what they believe to be some of the best (and some of the worst) practices to manage the writer-producer-director relationship in podcast below: More »

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With this week’s limited release of Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me (which has apparently ruffled some feathers), a hybrid of personal memoir, storytelling and narrative film, I’m reminded of the power of a good story well told, regardless of form. As aspiring screenwriters, we should be looking beyond the boundaries of the silver screen (or computer screen, or TV screen, or mobile device) to hear how great stories captivate an audience and take them on an emotional journey. With that in mind, here are three storytelling podcasts that screenwriters should check out. More »

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Do you sometimes find the dialogue in your script isn’t popping? Is it difficult to find the right cadence for your characters? Screenwriters always need to remember that film is a visual medium, but great dialogue is what audiences will remember from a movie that they can directly link back to a script. Let’s face it: great dialogue is what readers remember about a screenplay, too. If you want to focus your attention specifically on a film’s dialogue to help your own writing, why not just listen to a movie instead of watching it? More »

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Aspiring screenwriters are always looking for that pathway to success, the one that will open the doors to getting their scripts turned into films. The reality is there is no single pathway to success. Every writer has to forge a new trail. Nevertheless, we seem compelled to look to successful screenwriters to see if we can mimic at least part of their journey. To help us on this quest, screenwriter John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Any Given Sunday) has provided some helpful tips in his BAFTA lecture podcast. More »

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In terms of exploring subjectivity and how the mind works, Charlie Kaufman is perhaps today’s preeminent screenwriter. Either that, or he’s an expert in solipsism and desperate attempts to avoid it, which inevitably leads to becoming solipsistic and even more desperate attempts to avoid it. Either way, Charlie Kaufman is truly — truly — an original screenwriter, and one of my personal favorites. Kaufman’s perspective on screenwriting is obviously unique, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (better known as BAFTA) has posted a podcast of Kaufman giving a speech on what he thinks screenwriting really is. You can listen to the entire podcast here: More »