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The Note Behind the Note Rewriting CENTS for Production

After several rewrites leading up to the Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist status, then several more beyond, we’re finally gearing up to shoot CENTS this July. Now the rewrites are for production. We can’t afford that location, so can the scene take place somewhere else? Can we combine those two parts into one? Does that waitress have to say a line? It will cost us $268 plus fringes. While rewriting for these production logistics, I’m also rewriting the script as the director. With this in mind, my fellow producer sent me some notes she had solicited from her trusted sources along with her own comment. Paraphrasing, my fellow producer essentially said, “I couldn’t put my finger on it before, but now that I have seen these notes, I’m not sure I really like our protagonist.” Oh boy. Time to take another hard look at the script and address the note behind the note. More »

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Hollywood rewrites statistical analysis matrixIf there is one axiom about screenwriting for the studios that holds true above all others, it may be this: your screenplay will be rewritten. If you’re lucky (depending on how you define “lucky”), you’ll get to rewrite the script yourself. You may even get fired off your original screenplay only to be rehired a few drafts down the road to fix what other screenwriters have changed, like screenwriter Michael Arndt on his Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine, according to his introduction to the published version of the script. Studios want to take the guesswork out of rewrites to figure out which changes will lead to the biggest return on their investments. Enter the world of statistical analysis and script consultants who make script notes purely based on the numbers. More »

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Writers write. That sounds so painfully obvious, but more than anything, that two-word fact/idiom/mantra forces me to sit down every (week)day and do something that resembles writing. For some filmmakers, they end up becoming writers as a way to see their visions become reality on the screen. For others, writing comes first and filmmaking becomes the natural outlet for their storytelling. Writer/director/producer Brian Koppelman (Solitary Man, The Girlfriend Experience, Ocean’s Thirteen, Rounders) falls into the latter category. In an interview with myPDFscripts, Koppelman reveals his natural instinct for writing, how he approaches the rewriting process, and gives advice to aspiring screenwriters. You can read highlights from his interview here: More »