Extracts from Scripts I read that illustrate a way to say something.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Technique to Break Down The Godfather’s Novel

Coppola holding his precious Notebook, the roadmap he used to shoot The Godfather There is always something new to learn from Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of The Godfather. This video is not new but was to me and I found it really inspiring, especially in these times where everything is ...

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Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich, The Soloist) Talks About the Art of Writing Screenplays

It is not often that I get to share a talk from a woman on mentorless.com, and believe me, I am very aware of that fact mostly because I spend a lot of time trying to find lectures and masterclasses given by women in the industry I'm interested about, and I inevitably fail. Why do I care if it ...

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4 Highlights From An Interview with Fight Club’s Screenwriter Jim Uhls

You might have noticed that the Internet has become a grayer place since LoSceicco1976's twitter and Youtube accounts closed. A bunch of videos got shut down, including Fight Club's BTS (if you find them again, let me know!) and as I was trying to find them again, I stumbled upon this 10 min ...

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Submit Your Screenplay to The Black List for a Chance to Get In the Walt Disney Writers Program

The Black List is back with a significant announcement: a chance to become one of the Walt Disney Studios Feature Writers Program paid resident for a year. This partnership, which is only the first of more announcements, puts the insiders-list-turned-screenwriters-site as a front runner for ...

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Steven Soderbergh on The Best Way to Learn How to Make Films (and the Art of Writing Footnotes)

If you remember, Steven Soderbergh retired from making feature films sometimes last year, and since then, he's never been more present on all fronts. The filmmaker also has launched a website, Extension 765, presented as a one-of-a-kind marketplace for Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh uses Exten ...

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Pick Akira Kurosawa’s Brain: From Starting as an AD to Making Films (Part 2)

As promised, here is part 2 of (alternative title) 'What I gathered while watching My Life in Cinema', the 2h interview of Akira Kurosawa shot in 1993, 5 years before the filmmaker's death. Part 1 was about the three advice Kurosawa gave to aspiring filmmakers, Part 2 is a series of highligh ...

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Akira Kurosawa Gives Three Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers (Part 1)

In the last few days I watched the excellent Oscar nominated Documentary Cutie and the Boxer directed by Zachary Heinzerling, and the also excellent masterclass with Breaking Bad Show Runner Vince Gilligan curated by Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker. What Heinzerling and Gilligan have in ...

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William Nicholson’s 11 Priceless Advice on Being a Screenwriter

British screenwriter William Nicholson, which credits include Gladiator, Les Miserables and, more recently, Mandela, gave a passionate and genuine BAFTA Lecture, sharing what he has learned and what he feels is important to know as a screenwriter. Nicholson, who qualifies himself from the get- ...

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Gary King on How Films Beget Films (Weekly Series) Part 2

This is the second installment of a guest column written by indie filmmaker Gary King. Also read Part 1: Dreaming vs. Doing, and Part 3: 5 Things I Like Doing in Pre-Production. FILMS BEGET FILMS One of the most common questions people ask me is how do I get my films funded?  I’m goi ...

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Daily Rituals: Learn about the Creative Routine of Lynch, Fellini, Bergman, Beethoven, Mozart, Asimov, Angelou, Sand etc.

Have you ever wondered how other artists were organizing the 24 hours we're allocated each day to deal with life and create work? If so, you are in luck as writer Mason Currey collected stories about more than a hundred artists, filmmakers, writers, philosophers, composers, painters etc. r ...

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