The “Writing Of” Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut

Frederic Raphael: There’s a lot of talk. You want a lot of talk? Stanley Kubrick: I can’t say what I want. I want to do Arthur’s story (Schnitzler’s “Traumnovelle”), but in New York, now. That’s all I can tell you.…

Best Scriptwriting Books Ever: The Art of Dramatic Writing

Lajos Egri (1888-1967) wrote The Art of Dramatic Writing back in the ’40s. The book is not about writing film but theatre. Still, it’s considered chronologically as the first “how-to“ work ever made about screenwriting -even if the author didn’t know. Many concepts in…

On William Goldman’s ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE

William Goldman is one of the best screenwriters Hollywood has seen. He is the author of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (an original script that won him his first Oscar), “All The President’s Men” (maybe the most difficult adaptation…

Save The Baby! On The Benefits Of The Three-Act Screenplay Structure

“Poor, poor three-act structure. So much to offer. So misunderstood”. Jennine Lanouette‘s article Save the baby!  is a first-class, badly needed statement on screenwriting.  It deals with the mental process of writing, the structure as a freeing tool and, the light and…