James Cameron Quote

I met James Cameron once and I had time to ask him for one piece of creative advice. He said... "Work on at least two scripts at once. It makes it easier to rewrite everything. You won't be precious with either." And he's right...

Noah Baumbach on Screenwriting

On December 5, 2019, filmmaker Noah Baumbach was the featured guest of the BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series. Baumbach, whose writing and directing movie credits include The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg, Frances Ha, Mistress America, The Meyerowitz Stories, and Marriage Story, delivered a lecture followed by a brief Q&A.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=XIz_7A2F5u0&feature=emb_logo 

“Outside In” Co-Written by and Starring Jay Duplass

I like most everything that Jay Duplass touches (e.g. Transparent) and "Outside In" (on Netflix) is not an exception. Duplass co-wrote the screenplay with Director Lynn Shelton and stars as Chris, a less-than-criminal ex-convict. Per usual, Duplass plays a sensitive, vulnerable role and, per usual, it's pleasurable to spend time with him. Similarly, Edie Falco co-stars with Duplass and is also sensitive, vulnerable, and a pleasure to watch. More than this, the subject matter is interesting and the writing is both thoughtful and engaging. "Outside In" is a legitimately good film.

2020 Best Screenplays

Parasite – (NEON) – OSCAR WINNER (Best Original Screenplay)Jo Jo Rabbit – (Fox Searchlight) – OSCAR WINNER (Best Adapted Screenplay) 1917 – (Universal)Uncut Gems – (A24)Toy Story 4 – (Pixar/Disney)Ford v Ferrari – (Fox)Queen & Slim – (Universal)The Irishman – (Netflix)Marriage Story– (Netflix)Dolemite is My Name – (Netflix)I Lost My Body – (Netflix)The King– (Netflix)The Aeronauts – (Amazon Studios)Honey Boy – (Amazon Studios)The Report – (Amazon Studios)Little Women – (Sony)A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – (Sony)Two Popes – (Netflix)Avengers: Endgame – (Marvel/Disney)How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – (Universal)Richard Jewel – (Warner Brothers)Just Mercy UPDATED – (Warner Brothers)Knives Out – (Lionsgate)Motherless Brooklyn – (Warner Brothers)Midsommar – (A24)Joker – (Warners Bros)Joker – UPDATED Shooting Draft – (Warners Bros)The Last Black Man in San Francisco – (A24)Uncut Gems – (A24)Us – (Universal)Rocketman – (Universal)Her Smell – (Gunpower Sky)Booksmart – (‎United Artists)Hustlers – (STX Films)A Hidden Life – (Fox Searchlight)Harriet – (Focus Features)Downton Abby– (Focus Features)After The Wedding – (Sony Pictures Classics)Frankie – (Sony Pictures

2019 Best Screenplays

A Star is Born – (Warners Bros) – NEW 22 July (provisionally titled “Norway”) – (Netflix) – LINK WORKS All Is True – (Sony Classics) – NEW BlacKKKlansmen – OSCAR WINNER Beautiful Boy – (Amazon) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – (Netflix) – LINK WORKS Black Panther – (Marvel/Disney) – NEW Boy Erased – (Focus Features)  Can You Ever Forgive Me? – (Fox Searchlight) – NEW Capernaum (Chaos) – (Sony Classics) – NEW Colette – (Bleeker Street) Crazy Rich Asians – (Warners Bros) – NEW Destroyer – (AnnaPurna)  Dumplin’ – (Netflix) Disobedience – (Bleeker Street) Eighth Grade – (A24)  First Man – (Universal) – NEW First Reformed – NEW The Green Book – (Universal) – NEW If Beale Street Could Talk – (AnnaPurna)  Leave No Trace – (Bleeker Street) Mary Poppins Returns – (Disney) – NEW Mary Queen of Scots – (Focus

2018 Best Screenplays

Battle of the Sexes – (Fox Searchlight)Beauty and the Beast – (Disney)The Beguiled – (Focus Features)The Big Sick – (Amazon)Brad’s Status – (Amazon)Breathe – (Bleeker Street)Brigsby Bear – (Sony Classics)Call Me By Your Name –  (Sony Classics)Coco – NEW (Disney/Pixar)Darkest Hour – NEW (Focus Features)The Disaster Artist – NEW (A24)Downsizing – NEW (Paramount)Dunkirk –  (Warner Brothers)Elizabeth Blue –  (Sony Classics)The Florida Project – NEW (A24)Foxtrot – NEW (Sony Classics)FTKMF (First They Killed My Father) – (Netflix)A Fantastic Woman – (Sony Classics)Films Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – NEW (Sony Classics)Get Out – NEW (Universal)Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – NEW (Marvel/Disney)Happy End – (Sony Classics)I, Tonya – (Netflix)Lady Bird –  NEW (A24)Last Flag Flying – (Amazon)The Leisure Seeker – NEW (Sony Classics)Logan – NEW (Fox)The Lost City of Z – (Amazon)Loveless  –  (Sony Classics)The Man Who Invented Christmas – (Bleeker Street)The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – (Netflix)mother! – (Paramount)Maudie –  (Sony Classics)Mark Felt:

2017 Best Screenplays

Deadpool – NEW (Fox) La La Land – NEW (Lionsgate) Hidden Figures (Fox Searchlight) 20th Century Women (A24)  Arrival (Paramount) Anthropoid  (Bleecker Street) A Monster Calls (Focus Features) Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight) Bridget Jones’s Baby (Bleecker Street) Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street) Denial  (Bleecker Street) Eye in the Sky (Bleecker Street) Elle (Sony Classics) Fences (Paramount) The Girl on the Train  (Universal Pictures) I Saw The Light (Sony Classics) Hell or High Water (CBS Films)  Jackie (Fox Searchlight) Equity  (Sony Classics) Land of Mine  (Sony Classics) The Red Turtle  (Sony Classics) Julieta (Sony Classics) Kubo and The Two Strings (Focus Features) Loving (Focus Features) Land of Mine (Sony Classics) The Hollars (Sony Classics) The Comedian (Sony Classics) Moonlight (A24)  Manchester By The Sea (Amazon Studios) The Invitation (Drafthouse)  The Meddler (Sony Classics) The Neon Demon (Amazon Studios) Miles Ahead (Sony Classics) Maggie’s Plan (Sony Classics) The Founder (The Weinstein Company) Lion (The Weinstein

Screenwriter’s Screenplays

Christopher NolanQuentin TarantinoThe Coen BrothersAaron SorkinStanley KubrickCharlie KaufmanWes AndersonShane BlackWilliam GoldmanGuillermo del ToroDarren AronofskyMichael MannDiablo CodyJames CameronThe Black ListMax LandisPixar Screenplay CollectionRichard LinklaterAlexander PayneJason ReitmanSofia CoppolaCameron CroweWalter HillJoss WhedonKevin SmithDaniel WatersGreta GerwigFrancis Ford CoppolaDavid Fincher Film’s CollectionFrank DarabontSteven SpielbergDavid LynchNora EphronBreaking Bad Script CollectionPaul Thomas AndersonRidley ScottTim BurtonTop 10 Most Wanted TV Pilot ScriptsM. Night ShyamalanMartin Scorsese

2016 Best Screenplays

99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures) Beasts of No Nation (Netflix) The Big Short (Paramount Pictures) Bridge of Spies (Dreamworks) Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight) Concussion (Sony Pictures) Danny Collins (Bleecker Street) The Danish Girl (Focus Features) The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics) Far From The Maddenning Crowd (Fox Searchlight) Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics) Infinitely Polar Bear (Sony Pictures Classics) I’ll See You in My Dreams (courtesy of Bleecker Street) I Smile Back (Broad Green Pictures) The Keeping Room (Dafthouse Films) The Lady in the Van (Sony Pictures Classics) Learning To Drive (Broad Green Pictures) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Fox Searchlight) The Martian (Fox) Minions (Universal Pictures) Mistress America (Fox Searchlight) Pawn Sacrifice (Bleecker Street) Son of Saul (Sony Pictures Classics) Spotlight (Open Road) Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures) Suffragette (Focus Features) Testament of Youth (Sony Pictures Classics) Trumbo (Bleecker Street) Truth (Sony Pictures Classics) Whiplash