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Update: 2021–2022 Award Season Screenplay Downloads — 3 New Scripts, 40 Total

It’s that time of year again when studios and production companies make available PDFs of movie scripts for award season.

Script Analysis: “CODA” — Part 2: Plot

A week-long analysis of this movie which was a big hit at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Download. Read. Discuss.

Script Analysis: “Lincoln” — Scene By Scene Breakdown

Here is my take on this exercise from a previous series of posts — How To Read A Screenplay:

Screenwriting 101: Amy Berg

“For me, there’s no set formula, but you always want your characters to lead the plot, rather than plot leading your characters. The way to…

Page One: “Empire of the Sun” (1987)

Screenplay by Tom Stoppard, novel by J.G. Ballard

The Protagonist’s Journey: Narrative Imperative

An excerpt from my forthcoming book The Protagonist’s Journey: An Introduction to Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling.

Script Analysis: “CODA” — Part 1: Scene-By-Scene Breakdown

A week-long analysis of this movie which was a big hit at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Download. Read. Discuss.

60 Second Screenwriter: Should I make a short film?

A video series addressing key screenwriting concerns in one minute.

On Writing

“I had been writing for fifteen years and getting nowhere. Everything I had written was derivative, influenced by others. Then finally I…

Page One: “Elle” (2016)

Screenplay by David Birke, novel by Philippe Djian

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