A much-beloved film, Casablanca (1943) charmed moviegoers upon its release with its story of intrigue and romance involving the three main characters, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid). Yet, as this clipping from Paul Henreid’s…


— Anne Lamott, from Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life 


Anne Lamott, from Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life 

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Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg, 1932)

Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg, 1932)



Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh during a cigarette break on the set of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (1951)

The best play-to-film adaptation maybe ever?

Screenwriters read screenplays - Jane Campion


Jane Campion is an Oscar nominated screenwriter, producer and director. She was the second woman ever nominated for Best Director, and was the first woman to receive the Palme d’Or. Her short film, Peel, won the Short Film Palme d’Or in 1982, followed by The Piano in 1993.

Bright Star (2009)


The Piano (1993)


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“Screenwriters shouldn’t direct on the page? […] Screw that. We’re building a movie on paper. We should use all tools available both to make the reader see the film and our fellow filmmakers understand our intentions.”

Craig Mazin (Scary Movie 4, The Hangover Part II, Identity Thief)

Craig has a big personality and is wonderfully generous with his knowledge. He’s fast and funny and successful. He has earned the right to do whatever he wants on the page. If you’re still going through first-tier readers, use this tool very gingerly, with safety glasses on.

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No Doubt - It’s My Life
another great little movie.


So, instead of a feature, you want to write an hour long pilot for NanoWrimo.

Congratulations. It’s the shorter option. 55-70 pages. That’s roughly 2 pages a day. Totally doable on a lunch break.

(I’m fairly certain I’m doing this one. I haven’t yet figured if my idea is best…