Gretchen Lida wrote a great review review of Left in the Wind.
If a screenplay never gets filmed, is it still a movie?
It’s the tree in the forest, right? If a story gets told, but nobody hears it… Debaters, start your search engines.
Writing screenplays is like playing golf. This is actually a really good analogy, so stick with me here.
The epic is back:
Game of Thrones. House of Cards. Breaking Bad. Downton Abbey. Harry Potter. The Hunger Games. Twilight.
Modern storytelling is reverting, all the way back to the Canterbury Tales and Beowulf. Episodic long form is taking back the ground it lost to the three-act play.
Your flat screen is fast becoming the new village square, Netflix and HBO the new traveling bards. This is a big deal.
It isn’t that many of the movies we see are similar — it’s that they all are. Virtually every movie produced these days tells its story in the same way, following a rigid structure that, like the hidden image in a Magic Eye poster, becomes obvious only when you change your focus and look past the surface complexity to take in the larger whole. In an (only slightly) abbreviated form, here is the standard outline.