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  • Plays vs Screenplays

    June 23, 2017

    “…The process of writing a screenplay is different from writing a play in many essential ways. The first is the difference in the use of action.

    For screenwriters, action is the primary tool of structure. But for playwrights, the primary tool is dialogue.

    Don’t get me wrong. As a playwright, you need to visualize to some degree what is happening on the stage in order to really create your dialogue, in order to create the piece. But you don’t have to communicate that to anybody else. People don’t need to see your play in their mind like they do when reading a screenplay; they need to hear it, and they need to see the big elements.

    You get to rely on the director, because plays have this…

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  • Wonder Woman

    June 13, 2017

    “…If you’ve been following my podcast, you know that I’ve been talking for some time about the desperate need for some smart people to start writing superhero movies.
    Action movies and superhero movies are the mythologies of our time– millions of people see them, and as much as we might like to dismiss them as pure entertainment, the truth is, they irrevocably shape our view of the world, our children’s view of the world, the stories we tell ourselves about how to be our best selves, how to solve our problems, and what it means to be a hero.
    In this way, all action movies are political.
    Which is why it’s so darn nice to see a movie like Wonder Woman kicking ass at the box office…”

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  • Alien Covenant

    June 7, 2017

    “…As Dan O’Bannon has noted in interviews, the idea that actually spawned the original Alien, was the horror of rape and forced pregnancy– a horror that so many women have gone through in their real world lives, but that few men could viscerally understand. So instead of going after women in an exploitative way, as so many horror movies have done, he wanted instead to go after the men– to make that horror visceral to men, in a way that would make them, “Cross their legs” and feel what that is like.

    And you can see that the entire structure of the Alien franchise, from the structure of each individual script, to the horrifying visuals, to the rules of the universe, down all the way…

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  • Chuck, Rocky & The Art of Adaptation

    May 24, 2017

    “…hidden underneath this little character driven drama is actually an adaptation of three different stories. The first is the true life story of Chuck Wepner, a down and out fighter who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and was the inspiration for Rocky. At the same time, it is also an adaptation of the Rocky film. It is a reimagining of Rocky– stripped all of Sylvester Stallone’s American dream sugar coating. And at the same time, it’s also an adaptation of a third film: an old movie from 1962 called Requiem for a Heavyweight. So here we have this unassuming character driven independent feeling little film, that looks like just a simple biopic, but under the surface, there is actually something very complicated…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2

    May 17, 2017

    “…If you listened to my podcast on Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1, you know that I’m a huge fan of James Gunn’s writing. Not just for the brilliant execution of pretty much every moment of his scripts, but also for his overarching use of Theme to give real emotional resonance to these goofy action sci-fi comedies.

    So, it’s interesting to watch Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 to see James Gunn both succeeding and struggling in the places he’s most strong…”

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