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     Though my blog entries of late have focused mainly on various screenwriting issues, this new one may not feel of immediate significance to those who ply the cinematic trade.
     And I can’t say such naysayers are wrong.
     But it’s an essay I’ve wanted to write for some time now. It may not tell you how to write a screenplay, but it may give you some insight into the history of film and where we came from and perhaps where we are going.
      The topic, as the title suggests, is a list of the most important films ever made. Continue reading

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL: Variations on structural engineering and storytelling when it comes to screenplays: PART FIVE: Miscellaneous

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boogie nightsWe have now come to the last entry on my series of essays concerning alternative structures for screenplays.
So, Happy New Year, I say.
In this final installment, I will gather together the last few remaining alternative structures for screenplays that I can think of, ones that I didn’t really find a place for in any of the earlier entries. There won’t be that many, and you may find it all a bit anti-climactic, but I didn’t think the series would be complete without including these last remaining few.
But I do want to remind the readers as to the purpose of these essays. They have grown out of a feeling that over the past few years that I am not finding those screenplays that arise out of a vision, a uniqueness, a strong reason for existence, stories that show originality.
I feel that all art forms, screenwriting included, needs to grow, to experiment, to try new forms and techniques. Otherwise, it will simply implode out of its own lack of originality.
So I encourage screenwriters to seek out the unusual, the different, the screenplays that showed a vision and that made a difference and changed the ways movies were made. Continue reading