How Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT Was Written

Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz) was a big film star in Hollywood during the 50s and the beginning of the 60s. He made great films like Sweet Smell of Success, got an Oscar nomination for The Defiant Ones and, at…

For Screenwriters: 10 (Attributed) Pieces of Advice from the Great Billy Wilder

If you don’t know who Billy Wilder is and you are a film lover, you are a walking contradiction. Anyone who loves movies ought to know and admire a guy like Billy Wilder, may he rest in peace, whose career…

Screenwriting and Social Issues (part 2): Dylan Marron

Let’s talk about screenplay. Let’s talk about race. I was lucky enough to attend a chat with Dylan Marron at the fantastic Independent Filmmaker Project‘s Film Week last September. What Dylan, an actor and a writer, showed to us was very…

Screenwriting and Social Issues (Part 1): The Bechdel Test

Let’s talk about screenwriting. Let’s talk about gender. “The Bechdel Test is a simple way to gauge the active presence of female characters in Hollywood films and just how well rounded and complete those roles are. It is astonishing the…