Time for the 197th installment of Saturday Hot Links!
Toronto Film Festival 2015: Full Lineup.
Toronto Film Festival Lineup: What Did They Get?
Toronto: Festival Slate Brings Fall Landscape Into Focus.
Venice Film Festival lineup.
40 key movies in contention for 2016 awards.
Relativity’s Movie Slate Imperiled as Bankruptcy Looms for Ryan Kavanaugh.
Relativity Is Shopping ‘Jane Got a Gun,’ ‘The Bronze,’ ‘Collide’ as Bankruptcy Looms.
Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media Finally Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
As Relativity Implodes, Filmmakers Are Left in Limbo.
Here Are All the Movies Opening This Weekend.
The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2015 (A Running List).
The Best Foreign-Language Films of 2015 According to the Criticwire Network.
‘The Hurt Locker,’ ‘Two Days, One Night’ and More Coming to Netflix This August.
Writers’ Guild of America, West: August Schedule of Events.
Mission Impenetrable: Are Hollywood Blockbusters Losing the Plot?
Media Companies Hope Box Office Bounty Masks TV Troubles.
How Netflix’s Original Programming Is Poised to Outpace the Top Cable Networks, in One Chart.
The Duplass Brothers: How an Unlikely Hollywood Juggernaut Came to Rule Netflix.
The future of television? HBO’s big push to become the only channel you’ll ever need.
Damon Lindelof Makes ‘No Apologies’ for ‘The Leftovers’ Season 1.
The Leftovers Is Off to Small-Town Texas for Season Two.
Game of Thrones Will Run for at Least 8 Seasons, and at Most, Infinity.
Both of HBO’s David Fincher Shows in Jeopardy.
The Top 25 American Film Schools.
Universal Selects 5 New Fellows for Emerging Writers Program.
New Beverly Reveals a Very Tarantino August Calendar.
Exorcism to Air on Live TV.
David Foster Wallace Cheat Sheet: 7 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing ‘The End of the Tour’.
10 Essential Films About 20th Century Writers.
Read John Hughes’ Original National Lampoon Vacation Story That Started the Movie Franchise.
YouTube Stars Go on Tour Betting Social Media Can Sell Tickets.
American Hustle: How Hollywood Rips Off Women.
Jill Soloway Calls for ‘Matriarchal Revolution’ in Film.
Lego-izing, Theorizing, and Problematizing: How We Process Movies in 2015.
Alien vs. Predator screenwriter fires back at Sigourney Weaver’s criticisms.
Inside the 2015 Man Booker Longlist.
2015 Student Academy Awards Finalists Announced.
All The Changes George Lucas Made to the Original Star Wars Trilogy.
Paramount’s Plan to Shorten Home Entertainment Windows Gains Support.
Here’s What You Need to Know to Be a DP.
6 Ways Virtual Reality Will Change Filmmaking.
8 Legal Tips for Documentary Filmmakers.
Actors Vote on the 100 Best Movies of All Time.
Bank Robber Arrested After Appearing in Low-Budget Horror Movie.
Tig Notaro, Louis C.K., and Diablo Cody Are Making an Amazon Comedy Together.
What Hollywood Blockbusters Should and Shouldn’t Borrow from the Golden Age of TV.
50 greatest monster movies of all time.
7 Must-See Movies About Writers.
Dad Uses ‘Taken’-Inspired Note to Get Kids to Clean Sink.
Sony Q1 Earnings Triple as Movies Division Returns to Loss.
Michael Moore Secretly Made ‘Where to Invade Next,’ His First Documentary Since 2009.
‘Waterworld’ Turns 20: How Costner’s Apocalyptic Adventure Became one of the Biggest-Budgeted Fiascos of All Time.
Do Pro Writers Really Not Know if their Work is any Good?
The Romantic Comedy Spectrum: A Reading List.
Longtime ‘Rolling Stone’ Film Critic Peter Travers Fighting for His Job.
6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Making a Web Series.
New Regency Raises $200 Million in Capital.
The Movies We May Never Get To See After Relativity Goes Bankrupt.
100 Reasons to Love Movies.
‘Mad Men’ Memorabilia for Sale: Nearly 1,400 Props, Costumes in Online Auction.
Tim Robbins Launching Monthly Music Series.
Long-Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Finally Published.
The Bitter Script Reader: Is screenwriting a skill that can be learned?
Stephanie Palmer: 20 Things You Should Never Do In A Pitch Meeting.
Gary Whitta: The Big Idea.
Chuck Wendig: Fear is Fucking Us All Up.
The Black List Table Reads: Mr. Malcolm’s List (Part 4).
3rd and Fairfax (WGA West): Episode 4.
Chicks Who Script: Episode 51.
Coffee With Creatives: Writer-Director Amos Posner.
Scriptnotes: Episode 208.
Watch: The 5 Best Noir Films in the Public Domain [videos].
Watch: Michael Moore Explains New Documentary ‘Where to Invade Next’ [video].
Watch: Studio Ghibli Characters Welcome You in Breathtaking 3D Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki [video].
Watch: Go Haunted House Hunting in Exclusive ‘The Listing’ Trailer [video].
Watch: Detailed 30-Minute Video Essay Explores The Making Of And Magic Of ‘Back To The Future’ [video].
Watch: Full Pilot For Failed ‘Clerks’ TV Series [video].
[Watch]: The Art Of The Car Chase; A Supercut Of Brilliant Chases From Bullitt To Bourne [video].
Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: I don’t read the so-called screenwriting ‘gurus’. I just deal with writers who have plowed through their books, attended their weekend seminars, and bought their DVDs. Either through my blog or teaching, I interface with writer after writer who has been influenced by the ‘gurus’ and their approaches to story structure… which almost always are exclusively about plot.
Wrong! Plot is key. But it is only one aspect of story structure. It represents events which happen in the External World, what we see (Action) and hear (Dialogue) in a movie or TV episode.
There is a whole other layer to story structure which apparently gets ignored in many, if not most of the various tomes produced by the ‘gurus': The Internal World of a screenplay universe.
The emotional life of a story. For whenever there is an Action, there is the underlying Intention of the characters, either conscious or unconscious. Where there is Dialogue, there is Subtext.
The External World is the domain of the story’s physical journey.
The Internal World is the domain of the story’s psychological journey.
To ignore what transpires in the Internal World is to create a set of events without meaning. And that does not constitute story structure, let alone a Story.
That’s why five years ago, I created Prep: From Concept to Outline. A six week online writing workshop, it represents a professional approach to ‘breaking a story’ while grounding that process in a story’s Internal World. Stage by stage through weekly writing assignments, participants immerse themselves in the lives of their story’s characters and through that work see the plot emerge and evolve.
In other words, we put meat on the bones of the old adage: Character = Plot.
So instead of some lifeless, formulaic script fit to a prescribed set of beats or plot points, instead muy Prep writers tap into the vitality of their characters and let them lead the way in determining where the story goes.
One of the primary criticisms I hear from people who work in Hollywood’s development side of things is formulaic scripts. I believe much of that derives from this reductionist ‘guru’ take that plot is the equivalent of story structure.
No one knows the story better than your characters.
Prep: From Concept to Outline embraces that idea. We start with your story’s Protagonist, then work our way through each of your characters so that plot emerges from them.
My next session of the Prep online workshop begins Monday, August 17. Benefits include:
* An online structure of weekly assignments which motivate you to break your story.
* Weekly teleconferences in which we delve into your story.
* Peer feedback.
* My comprehensive notes and suggestions each step of the way.
* Stage by stage building your story.
* Learn a proven professional approach to breaking a story which you can adopt and adapt for all future projects.
Join me for what could be the most important learning experience you have ever had: Prep: From Concept to Outline.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!