Awesome News: Joker Wins Big at Venice, Rian Johnson Wants More Knives Out, HBO wants more Gemstones, and more


Hello again Awesome Friday readers. I’m glad you’ve both stuck around! It’s been another week and here are the highlights. And maybe some low-lights, depending who you are asking.

Just kidding they’re all highlights. There’s even a new dinosaur movie for you to watch this weekend!

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Awesome: How To write An Awesome Movie According To Awesome Writers

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](

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.

[You can check out the full list of winners at the DGA Website](