THE OTHER NETWORK WRITER'S ROOM

INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)

Which 2014 Best Picture Nominees Pass the Bechdel Test: A New Yorker Quiz

American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street The Bechdel Test, created in 1985 by the cartoonist and … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Galaxy of Franchises: The New Yorker Interactive Infographic of Movie Franchise Profitability

Hollywood is enamored with the franchise. A profitable one can sustain sequels across multiple decades that are worth billions of dollars in ticket sales alone. But, as the box-office ups … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

How the Kingdom Came: Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola on Collaboration

Writing partners can be tricky, time-consuming and problematic, but when it works, it works. It worked for Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, who co-wrote Moonrise Kingdom. They talked about the … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Think You’ve Re-Written Your Scene Enough? Tony Kushner on Re-Writing “Lincoln”

Playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) got nominated for an Oscar for his dense, literary and poetic screenplay of “Lincoln” (adapted from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals), but … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Billy Wilder on What It Takes to be a Writer Who Writes

You may have heard of him or seen some of his movies like, oh, for instance, “Some Like It Hot”, “Sunset Blvd.”, “The Lost Weekend” and “The Apartment”. No shock: … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Scoggins Report on 2012 Movie Pitch Sales

This compilation of sales and trends in the industry is very illuminating (but a little depressing) if you’re trying to pitch a movie. The bottom line: Don’t bother pitching drama … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Evolution of a Classic: Paddy Chayevsky’s Creative Path To “Network”

You may find it vaguely reassuring to know that the earliest rough drafts of even a brilliant script like “Network” were, well… rough. This great article from the NY Times … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

A-C-T-I-O-N! Action, Action, We Want Action!

Nice article in Salon: The four rules of action movies Kathryn Bigelow breaks every time (and thank goodness for that). Pick any scene at random from among Bigelow’s films and … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment
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