Understanding Screenwriting

screenwriting analyst Tom Stempel brings his customary wit and wisdom to bear on movies, television and books

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Understanding Screenwriting #116

Understanding Screenwriting #116

In a World…, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Planes, The Spectacular Now, William Froug: An Appreciation, Pitch Perfect, Foreign Correspondent, Saboteur, End of the Summer 2013 Cable Television Season

by Tom Stempel A CORRECTION: In #115 I wrote that in Blue Jasmine Woody Allen was shooting in ’scope (2.35:1) for the first time.  He had used ’scope in one other film, Manhattan (1979).  I suspect he used ‘scope and black-and-white for Manhattan to distract viewers from noticing its similarities to Annie Hall, which was […]

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Understanding Screenwriting #115

Understanding Screenwriting #115

Blue Jasmine; Elmore Leonard: An Appreciation, The Way, Way Back; The To Do List; Red 2; 2 Guns; Incendies

by Tom Stempel FAN MAIL: So far there have not been any comments on my first Understanding Screenwriting column for the new Creative Screenwriting Website. I don’t know if that’s because nobody is reading it, or reading it and agreeing so much with everything I said that they feel nothing more is to be added, […]

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Understanding Screenwriting #114

Understanding Screenwriting #114

The Lone Ranger, I’m So Excited, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, Nightfall, The Burglar, The Burglars, Camp, The Bridge

by Tom Stempel Hi, I’m Tom Stempel, and I write about screenwriting. Well, if you have already been following this column at The House Next Door, you know that from the first 113 columns. If you are primarily Creative Screenwriting veterans, you may recognize me from my years on the Editorial Board there or from […]

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