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Screenwriters Column

The Screenwriter's Column

FILMS YOU WON'T FORGET

Five films to watch:

  1. Please Give

  2. City Island

  3. The Black Book

  4. Lords of Dogtown

  5. The Exorcist

Below are earlier lists. Check back for other recommendations, or send in your own. Email to INFO and put "Movie Recommendations" in the subject line.


  1. Cool Hand Luke

  2. Hud

  3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  4. The Hustler

  5. The Sting


  1. Chinatown

  2. The Great Escape

  3. Five Easy Pieces

  4. Only Angels Have Wings

  5. JAWS

  6. The Bridge Over The River Kwai

  7. Kinsey

  8. Little Children

  9. The War Of The Roses

  10. True Lies


  1. Paper Moon

  2. Hud

  3. Heaven Can Wait

  4. Tin Men

  5. The Piano

  6. Casablanca

  7. Rain Man

  8. The Man Who Would Be King

  9. My Left Foot

  10. A Face In The Crowd


  1. Sunset Boulevard

  2. The Maltese Falcon

  3. Tootsie

  4. Quiz Show

  5. The African Queen

  6. Lawrence of Arabia
    (on the big screen only!)

  7. Monkey Business

  8. The Philadelphia Story

  9. North By Northwest

  10. Rashomon


  1. Nashville

  2. Breaking Away

  3. Bonnie and Clyde

  4. Runaway Train

  5. Diner

  6. All About Eve

  7. Duck Soup

  8. Out of the Past

  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  10. Fanny and Alexander


  1. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

  2. The Best Years Of Our Lives

  3. On The Waterfront

  4. The Shawshank Redemption

  5. Gone With The Wind
    (on the big screen only!)

  6. Double Indemnity

  7. His Girl Friday

  8. Midnight Cowboy

  9. Groundhog Day

  10. It Happened One Night



 

SCREENWRITER'S
COLUMN

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creating characters who work for you, not
against you

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conflict: a writer's best friend!

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five tips for new screenwriters

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incorporating emotion into your plot: preparations & consequences

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ensemble films: the gang's all here

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the principles of drama

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the essence of character

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the sequence of story

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the art of plotting

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plotting a story not just telling one

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non-linear narratives: the ultimate in time travel

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linda's key rules for writing shorts

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the emotional pattern of plot

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ten ways to strengthen your plot

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recommended films

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q & a

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resources

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