This year, scripts had to receive at least six mentions to be included on the Black List. It has been said many times, but it's worth repeating: The Black List is not a "best of" list. It is, at best, a "most liked" list.
Join us as we explore how many of these connected themes apply to The Good Dinosaur, why such Pixar themes resonate with audiences so much, and how screenwriters can apply such themes to possible great success in their own projects.
Audiences, each and every year, and even for those that don't celebrate the Christmas holiday, sit down with their friends and family to watch movies they've seen over and over and over again. So what is it about these movies that make people come back for more?
Bruce Cook's Trumbo, reissued as a tie-in to a major motion picture starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren, delves into the life, jail-time and, most importantly, the "blacklisting" of James Dalton Trumbo.
If I hadn't seized the opportunity with those security guards and a handful of other opportunities after, I wouldn't have been in that office to meet that particular development executive in the first place.
Ossana, of Italian/Irish descent, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, majoring in English/Political Science, and is the author of several short stories and numerous essays.
Obviously the screenwriters privileged the plot over believability in each case. By doing so, they made otherwise intelligent characters seem moronic. I've seen it happen in TV show after show, and all too often it's women who end up making all the wrong moves.
In all of my years in screenwriting, the one constant has been the concept of The Hook. Any and every screenwriter has heard the term. It's been in nearly every screenwriting book, seminar, workshop, etc. You have to hook the audience.