Donald Margulies discusses the difference between writing plays and screenplays, the responsibility of the writer to verisimilitude, and writing a 70s movie for the 2010s.
By Daniel Mintz. The End of The Tour is fast becoming the most popular independent release of 2015. Directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), and adapted from journalist David Lipsky’s memoir Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, the film follows Lipsky’s time spent profiling the late great novelist David Foster Wallace for […]
Outlining and Tone From Writing The Skeleton Twins.
By Daniel H. Mintz. In The Skeleton Twins, one of the most anticipated independent releases of the year, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play two suicidal siblings who converge after a long period of estrangement. Such dramatic turns by the wildly popular comedians has generated a ton of buzz for the genre-bending film; though it wasn’t their casting […]
Epic's James V. Hart on Great Directors and Adaptations.
By Daniel H. Mintz. Epic is an apt title for a film written by James V. Hart. Throughout his 20 year plus screenwriting career, he’s penned some of Hollywood’s most imaginative films (Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact). Helmed by the legendary likes of Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and Robert Zemeckis, his scripts frequently feature […]
Adam F. Goldberg on creating The Goldbergs, from truth to fiction.
By Daniel H. Mintz One of the funniest new sitcoms on television takes the concept of “inspired by true events” to the next level. That’s because The Goldbergs, which airs Tuesday nights at 9 on ABC, is derived entirely from show creator Adam F. Goldberg’s own nutty family, and his childhood growing up in the […]
Advice on imitating life through art and the personal screenplay
by Daniel H. Mintz Girl Most Likely will hit close to home for many of today’s unemployed, debt-ridden young adults moving back in with their parents. Such is the path of Imogene, the film’s main protagonist, who quickly learns firsthand the meaning of Thomas Wolfe’s phrase, “You can’t go home again.” Dramatic writers should also […]