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News / Comments Off on Awesome: Rian Johnson To Write + Direct ‘Star Wars’ Episode VIII!! **Updated**
Holy shit Disney / Lucasfilm really have scooped up all the best young film makers.
News / Comments Off on Awesome: How To write An Awesome Movie According To Awesome Writers
I’ve always found it pretty fascinating to get a glimpse inside the head of a writer and here Buzzfeed provides insights from 18 writers on the task of writing a movie.
All aspiring writers have experienced the conception of a story, that little atom of an idea that explodes into a vision of a journey in a big bang “aha!” that rattles the brain. But the difference between the daydreamers and actual filmmakers starts right after that revelatory moment, when the disparate strands of an idea either begin to take shape — and, at some point, migrate over to Final Draft — or just fade away.
BuzzFeed spoke with some of the industry’s top writers and directors to learn how they develop a tiny germ of an idea into award-winning screenplay. They discussed everything from how they get started, to how to sit down and write, and how to balance dialogue and structure.
And they talked to:
- Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise trilogy, Dazed and Confused)
- Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Heat)
- Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult)
- Richard Curtis (Love Actually, About Time, Four Weddings and a Funeral)
- Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Please Give)
- Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter (500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now)
- David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models)
- Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick)
- Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter)
- Lake Bell (In A World)
- David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, Pineapple Express)
- Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
- Mark and Jay Duplass (Jeff Who Lives At Home, Cyrus)
- Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants, The Way, Way Back)
- Brian Koppelman (Rounders, Oceans Thirteen).
That’s a pretty impressive list and there is some great stuff in the article which you can read here.
News / Comments Off on Breaking Bad’s Last Two Eps Will Be 75 Minutes Each, and Ozmandias Gets a Perfect Score
Breaking Bad is going to go out with a bang. Well, there’s two left to be specific and they are both going to be 15 minutes longer than normal.
News / Comments Off on Awesome: Directors Guild of America Awards Winners Announced
With all this hoopla about the Super Bowl I forgot to talk about the Directors Guild Awards. The big winner this year is Argo director Ben Affleck. So far he and his film have locked up Best Picture and Director at the Golden Globes, Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards, Best Picture at the Producers Guild Awards. So yeah, the Oscar is pretty much Argo’s to lose at this point but bear in mind that while the film itself is up for Best Picture at the Oscars Affleck isn’t up for Best Director.
Rian Johnson, that of Looper (one of our favourite films here at the Awesome Friday HQ) also won an award in the dramatic series category for directing an episode of Breaking Bad. Which is kind of awesome. It’s the second time he’s directed an episode of Breaking Bad and only the second time he has directed something he didn’t write. I just hope he makes another film soon so he can win for that.
Also severely awesome, Lena Dunham won for directing the pilot episode of her fantastic series Girls. We haven’t talked about Girls much around here but we really should. It’s a great series, and one that feels both raw and honest about being young, living in the city, and figuring your shit out. Lena Dunham is the creator and head writer and producer and she’s well deserving of all the accolades she keeps receiving for it.
Podcast / Comments Off on Episodes Thirty Five and Thirty Six
So you may have noticed things are a little quiet around here lately. I don’t have a good reason for that, but we have been releasing episodes they just haven’t been making it to the site. So in case you’re one of the few who check here, here are episodes thirty five and thirty six!
Yes, you’re right, there was no episode thirty four. Listen and you’ll hear why.
Episode Thirty Five: Borderlands 2, Super Hexigon, Dredd and Expendables 2
Episode Thirty Six:
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