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Black List Screenplays

2011 Black List

Congratulations to all those who made the 2011 Black List. Chosen from the lists of over 300 film execs (who contribute the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written or “uniquely associated with” and have…

Screenplay Dialogue


One of the biggest mistakes a screenwriter can make is “on-the-nose” dialogue — telling your audience exactly what’s on your character’s mind without a hint of subtext. In life, people rarely trust enough to reveal their deepest insecurities and desires.…

MasterWriter 2

MasterWriter 2.0

I have two screenplay software programs on my laptop: Final Draft and MasterWriter. I don’t use MasterWriter until I have a draft where my story is in good shape. I’ll print up my screenplay and red-pen every description of action…

Kubrick Cinemagraphs

Kubrick Cinemagraphs

I ran across these Kubrick Cinemagraphs over at For those who are unaware, just like I was ten minutes before I published this post, what a cinemagraph is… Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement…

Robert Towne on Chinatown

Robert Towne on Chinatown

I don’t have a favorite film. I have favorites and Chinatown is one of them. My two cents: it’s about as perfect as a screenplay can get. The structure, theme, and dialogue fires on all cylinders. Everyone — Towne, Polanski,…