Tracking Board Preview: August 2015

September 4, 2016
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August 2015 
Script Sales, Hot Spec Screenplays, Hollywood Gossip.

Tracking Board Czar Mike De Luca is back with his monthly Tracking Board Preview! This is no advert. Once again Mike has mined the tracking boards so we don't have to and bringing us industry insider updates on big script sales and the spec screenplays hitting the town. Letting us know the script concepts, genres, and budgets that Hollywood is buying right now. 

PRODUCERS, The Script
NYC Screenwriters Collective

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Straight Outta Compton

September 4, 2016

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"Yo Dre. What up? I got something to say." -- Ice Cube - This week on THE SCRIPT we analyze Straight Outta Compton, the F. Gary Gray biopic of legendary gangster rap group N.W.A. Did the filmmakers design Straight Outta Compton to speak to the issues of the Black Lives Matter movement? Or is a story about animosity between police and young black men that took place 30 years ago inherently relevant because the struggle continues today? What are the structural considerations when writing a biopic (Two words: Scope & Triumph)? How does the film manage poetic license vs. historical fact in terms of these artist’s legacies, the role of women in their story, and Eazy-E as the film’s emotional center of gravity? We discuss the multi-dimensional painting of Jerry Heller’s character as an allegorical stand-in for ‘the white savior’ and ‘the white devil.’ ALSO-- “Bye Felicia.” .  #NYCSC #NWA #BlackLivesMatter @FGaryGray

SCRIPT ANALYSTS: Kristina Leath-Malin, Keith Miller, Alka Khushalani, and David Negrin

LISTEN to THE SCRIPT Podcast: “Straight Outta Compton" here on iTUNES


PRODUCERS, The Script

Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin

NYC Screenwriters Collective

www.ScreenwritersCollective.org

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Fantastic Four (Live)

September 4, 2016

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THE SCRIPT Podcast: Fantastic Four (Live)


“Please don't blow up, please don't blow up...” -- Reed Richards -- This week on THE SCRIPT, there was nothing Mr. Fantastic could do to salvage the biggest box office self detonation of the summer: FANTASTIC FOUR. What are the 5 elements every Superhero Tentpole should be judged by? How ‘invisible’ did the blockbuster’s only female character turn out to be? What is our expert screenwriters theory on the “1 Year Later” business? Also we address the Josh Trank controversy and discuss The Thing’s... ya know… ‘thing.’ This superhero sized episode of THE SCRIPT was recorded Live in front of an audience in New York City and includes a Q&A with our audience and users on the live stream.  #NYCSC #Marvel #FantasticFour @joshuatrank


UPDATE: Well it looks like our Fantastic 4 Panel is gonna be a bloodbath! We love a hollywood blockbuster gone wrong because it’s the best way to discuss the fundamentals of screenwriting, what’s wrong with the hollywood script development process, and how we can fix it.


Helmed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), scribed by action writer Simon Kinberg (X-MEN:DoFP, Sherlock Holmes, Jumper), with a cast of highly acclaimed young actors (Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell). Can this comic book franchise measure up to Avengers and X-Men? Can it pack a box office punch like Jurassic World?  Interact with our panel of script analysts in a Q&A after our analysis.  SCRIPT ANALYSTS: David Negrin, Jordan Brian Rosengarten, Kristina Leath-Malin, and Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson.


LISTEN to THE SCRIPT Podcast: “Fantastic Four (Live)" here on iTUNES



PRODUCERS, The Script

Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin

NYC Screenwriters Collective

www.ScreenwritersCollective.org

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

September 4, 2016

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“Just as I suspected, toxic waste.” This week on THE SCRIPT, we analyze the new Netflix Series, reboot, reimagination, fever dream Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. What a screenwriting mindfuck. What a screenwriting challenge. What story components did creators Michael Showalter and David Wain smartly bring forward from the film to the series and what did they unfortunately leave behind? What is the slight difference in comedic tone that made Wet Hot a comedy cult classic and The State a comedy experiment? How does a director manage the intersection of improv comedy and scripted comedy? Despite our recurring criticism of Streaming Studio Pilots feeling incomplete in terms of writing a spec, we loved this series— independent vision with broad distribution. Oh that cast and Oh those cameos!  #NYCSC #WHAS #Netflix @mshowalter @michaelianblack


Watch the Wet Hot American Summer (The Film) on NETFLIX and then...

Watch the Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Pilot + 2 Episodes) on NETFLIX and then...


LISTEN to THE SCRIPT Podcast: “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" here on iTUNES


SCREENWRITERS Kristina Leath-Malin, Melissa Pagnotta, David Negrin



PRODUCERS, The Script

Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin

NYC Screenwriters Collective

www.ScreenwritersCollective.org

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Tracking Board Preview: July 2015

September 4, 2016
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July 2015 
Script Sales, Hot Spec Screenplays, Hollywood Gossip.

Tracking Board Czar Mike De Luca is back with his monthly Tracking Board Preview! This is no advert. Once again Mike has mined the tracking boards so we don't have to and bringing us industry insider updates on big script sales and the spec screenplays hitting the town. Letting us know the script concepts, genres, and budgets that Hollywood is buying right now. 

PRODUCERS, The Script
NYC Screenwriters Collective

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Trainwreck

September 4, 2016

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"Have you fucked before? Where is she buried?" This week on THE SCRIPTour all woman panel returns to analyze the Amy Schumer feature film comedy vehicleTrainwreckWhats the difference between writing a high concept feature film comedy and edgy television sketch comedy? Is there variation in the comedic voices of Amy Schumer and director Judd Apatow? Do they blend well in Trainwreck? What is the holy grail for today's cutting edge comedy writers and performers? Is it Late Night or is it niche TV Series? And exactly did Amy Schumer take over the comedy world in 2015? Girl you don't need makeup, you're perfect when you wakeup!


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PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
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Ant-Man

September 4, 2016

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"Baskin-Robbins always find out." This week on THE SCRIPT, we analyze the Marvel action comedyAnt-Man. Where does Ant-Man stand in the new hall of Action/Comedy tentpoles like Guardians of the Galaxy, Kick-Ass, and Hot Fuzz? We address the Edgar Wright controversy and comment on his special comedic voice as a screenwriter. What is the re-writing trick known as "Act Shifting” (Note: it's shifting each act forward when the conflict of your screenplay isn't escalating fast enough.) Honey I Shrunk the Marvel movie expectations! We talk anthropomorphized sidekicks and get accent advice from a professional dialog coach who can do 60 accents!

LISTEN to THE SCRIPT Podcast: “Ant-Man" here on iTUNES 


SCREENWRITERS

PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
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Tracking Board Preview: June 2015

September 4, 2016
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June 2015 
Script Sales, Hot Spec Screenplays, Hollywood Gossip.

Tracking Board Czar Mike De Luca is back with his monthly Tracking Board Preview! This is no advert. Once again Mike has mined the tracking boards so we don't have to and bringing us industry insider updates on big script sales and the spec screenplays hitting the town. Letting us know the script concepts, genres, and budgets that Hollywood is buying right now. 

PRODUCERS, The Script
NYC Screenwriters Collective

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Another Period

September 4, 2016
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Blanche you idiot! You got egg upon my snood! He was gonna wear that today, now he has to select another snood! This week on THE SCRIPT, our all woman panel Kara, Kristina, and Melissa assign David a period joke safeword and launch into a no-holds barred analysis of the new Comedy Central series “Another Period." Yes this is an explicit podcast. Yes it is entirely composed of powerful female comedy writers ‘going there', yes David cowers in the corner trying to hold his own. Is there such a thing as ‘women’s issues comedy’? What are the challenges and opportunities when writing an ensemble show vs. a traditional five person core cast comedy? How many comedic premises are too many for a comedy series engine? Does character development make jokes funnier or is an extreme personality enough? (Hint: Ask Helen Keller). EASTER EGG— be sure to stick around for a bonus green room discussion after the podcast on "The Top 5 Tampon Replacement Items” #NotJoking

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PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
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Mr. Robot

September 4, 2016

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"Your internet connection. It's good. So good it scratched that part of my mind, the part that doesn’t allow good to exist without condition. That’s when I decided to hack you." This week on THE SCRIPT, we analyze the new cyberpunk drama series on USA: “MR. ROBOT” What is the definition of the Cyberpunk anyway? One convention of cyberpunk is homage to other cyberpunk works-- can you count all of Mr. Robot's (Blade Runner, Neuromancer, The Matrix)? How do you write in a niche genre and keep a broad audience entertained when they have little genre precognition? #PhilipKDickReference What is a greater feat in screenwriting: making every scene end different from how the audience expects OR showing internal conflict in a visual medium through character choices under pressure? (HINT: Creator Sam Esmail knows how to do both). And find out where we thinking Mr. Robot ranks in the hall of fame for "Obligatory Computer Screen POV Hacking Shots"  ps -ef | grep -i os12

Episode 3 of “Mr. Robot" airs tonight on USA @ 10:30p. If you need to catch up, stream episodes 1 & 2 of Mr. Robot here: http://www.usanetwork.com/mrrobot/videos and then...

LISTEN to THE SCRIPT Podcast: “Mr. Robot" here on iTUNES



PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
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True Detective II: Pilot

September 4, 2016
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"I used to want to be an astronaut. But astronauts don’t even go to the moon anymore.” This week on The Script, our screenwriters analyze Episode 1 of True Detective: Season II. The noir detective anthology kicks off with a new cast, a new case, and a new flavor of desperation. This is a rare chance for screenwriters to examine a second Pilot Episode from the same tv series and writer. How does the Season 2 Pilot stack up next to the Season 1 Pilot? How does showrunner Nic Pizzolatto violate and innovate the film noir detective genre? What are the opportunities and challenges of writing an anthology series? How do you calibrate prestige writing like True Detective with an American TV audience that expects a dynamite teaser and  Matthew McConaughey to walk in the door? What are we looking forward to in episode 2? Some more Da Vinci Code puzzles, some more mythology, more brass knuckles, more boot knives, and yesthe bike, sir. The highway because it suits me.”



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PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective

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Jurassic World

September 4, 2016

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"Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We're just used to being the cat. RUUUN!”  This week on a T-Rex sized episode of The Script, our screenwriters analyze Jurassic World-- the reboot / remake / sequel to the original Jeff Goldblum chaos theory and open shirt vehicle: Jurassic Park (1993). Does Jurassic World pay enough homage to PARK in terms of, not just easter eggs, but dramatic themes? What's the key to escalating set pieces and renewing awe in a monster movie? (HINT: mo' dino-antagonists, mo' problems) How does Jurassic World stack up in the comedy department next to the new generation of Action/Comedy tentpoles like Guardians & Avengers? Do you remember the Steven Spielberg "Rule of Monster Reveal"? JW did.  And four white males respond to the Bryce Dallas Howard high-heel controversy. WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE WORLD! 




SCEENWRITERS

PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
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Sense8

September 4, 2016
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"I take everything I am feeling, everything that matters to me, I push all of it into my fist, and I fight for it." This week on THE SCRIPT, we analyze the pilot of the new science fiction drama series created by The Wachowskis and now streaming on Netflix: Sense8Are there structural differences between a pilot written for cable and a pilot written for binge-watching on a streaming network? What exactly is the lineage between Sense8 and "Cloud Atlas", the Wachowskis previous ensemble drama about interconnectedness? What are the pitfalls in a multi-plot, ensemble drama, transitioning between globe hopping plots with differing dramatic tones and varying levels of stakes How well do the creators of Sense8 navigate writing their transgender characters to avoid television’s favorite new stereotype (HINT: the series does a better job than the pilot)? But we think any drama that can reference Conan the Barbarian and Jean Claude Van Damme, combine Bollywood dance numbers and Mexican Telenovelas, then cap it all off with a visceral icelandic Sigur Rós set piece is worth tuning in for 12 episodes. 

sensate  adj. ˈsen-ˌsāt - preoccupied with things that can be experienced only through a sense modality.

Watch the Sense8 Pilot on NETFLIX and then...



PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
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Tracking Board Preview: May 2015

September 4, 2016
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May 2015 
Script Sales, Hot Spec Screenplays, Hollywood Gossip.

Tracking Board Czar Mike De Luca is back with his monthly Tracking Board Preview! This is no advert. Once again Mike has mined the tracking boards so we don't have to and bringing us industry insider updates on big script sales and the spec screenplays hitting the town. Letting us know the script concepts, genres, and budgets that Hollywood is buying right now. 

PRODUCERS, The Script
NYC Screenwriters Collective

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Mad Max: Fury Road

June 2, 2015
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"I myself will carry you to the gates of Valhalla... you will ride eternal, shiny, and chrome!” This week on The Script, our script doctors analyze the resurrection of our favorite 80’s dystopian franchise with Mad Max: Fury Road. Is this possibly the biggest budget independent film of all time? If there is no screenplay does it mean there is no screenwriting? What is the right action scene / character development scenes ratio (Hint: don’t ask Man of Steel, ask Fury Road)? Why is a lack of exposition actually respectful of your audience? This film has all the elements… Blood, Water, Milk, Oil, and Chrome. Flaming Guitarist for President 2016!


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PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
www.ScreenwritersCollective.org

Best George Miller Interviews - thanks to Alec Pollak

VICE Talks Film: George Miller on 'Mad Max: Fury Road'         
Published on May 17, 2015
Welcome to our first installment of VICE Talks Film, the series where we sit down with the most talented and creative minds in the movie world to discuss their work and how they're seeking to push the boundaries of the medium. In this episode, we caught up with director George Miller, creator of movies like Happy Feet, Babe, and of course the mythic Mad Max series. Now he's back with his lastest venture Mad Max: Fury Road—which some have called a badass feminist action flick. We talked to the 70-year-old director about the challenges he faced in recreating the Wasteland, his new crop of iconic characters, the insane practical stunts and why it took 17 years to make this movie happen.

DP/30: Mad Max: Fury Road, George MIller
Published on May 7, 2015
George Miller has directed just 10 films in 36 years. Four are about Max Rockatansky. (Also, two Happy Feet, Twilight Zone, Lorenzo's Oil, Witches of Eastwick, Babe: Pig In The City) This time, 30 years since the last Max film, there is a new Max, a new kind of villain, and Max's first sidekick who (at least) is his equal. George discusses the new film, the new technology, the evolution of the choices of films he has made over these decades, and the low point of his Hollywood experience.

The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
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Host Jeff Goldsmith interviews co-writer/director George Miller about Mad Max: Fury Road

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5/8/2015 Mad Max Director George Miller in Studio q
Oscar winning director George Miller chats with Shad about returning — 30 years later — to the anti-hero and post-apocalyptic world that made his career Mad Max: Fury Road.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 10, 2015
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"The city is flying, we’re fighting an army of robots, and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense. This week on The Script, our script doctors analyze the tentpole of all summer tentpoles-- Avengers: Age of Ultron. We meditate on the skills of Joss Whedon. Is Avengers a big ass movie or is it effectively a multi-plot, ensemble television series?  Does Joss’ single comedic voice across characters get old or does it function as a unifier for a complex story? What are the constraints of writing in a massive transmedia property? What is the screenwriter's perspective on The Black Widow controversy that’s swept the internet? And the cameos, oh so many cameos! Can you handle some big green Hulk love? "Fortunately, I am mighty."



PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
www.ScreenwritersCollective.org
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While We’re Young

April 22, 2015
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“Yeah. After thirty-five it’s a shit show.” This week on The Script— two New Yorkers analyze the latest movie from indie film darling Noah Baumbach. Where does "While We’re Young” fall in Baumbach’s pantheon of  adult coming-of-age dramas (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg, and Frances Ha)? Are we looking for the next Woody Allen? Does "While We’re Young" lampoon or represent the new New York? Is Baumbach hailing or decrying the modern era of documentary film in his fictional yet strikingly autobiographical narrative? If you don’t know what Ayahuasca is, now you know. Watching Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller technicolor yodel while tripping balls was priceless.

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PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
www.ScreenwritersCollective.org
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It Follows

April 2, 2015
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"It doesn't think. It doesn't feel. It doesn't give up." This week on The Script Podcast, "It Follows" -- the sophomore effort from auteur David Robert Mitchell represents a movement towards more intelligent, modern horror films. "It Follows" is also Mitchell's love letter to classic horror, but does he represent Detroit? What does a strong female protagonist in a modern horror film need beside a scream and a great body? Two words, “super power." Do we get that in Maika Monroe's ingenue? How does 'anxiety horror' compare to traditional 'jump out' or 'gross out' horror? Also we talk Monster taxonomy, is ‘the follower’ a demon, a ghost, or ambiguous supernatural power? "It Follows" doesn't offer much in advice for safe sex, but our script doctors don't mind giving some.

LISTEN to THE SCRIPT Podcast: “It Follows” here on iTUNES

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SCRIPT DOCTORS
Jeremy Engdahl-JohnsonKristina Leath-MalinDavid NegrinJordan Rosengarten


PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective
www.ScreenwritersCollective.org

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CHAPPiE

March 19, 2015
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“Why did you build me to die maker?" The Script Podcast is back! CHAPPIE is the latest dystopian sci-fi allegory from South African auteur Neill Blomkamp. On this episode of The Script we discuss the self-aware robot movie sub-genre, how all great stories employ surrogate family dynamics, and also how to spell anthropomorphize.  Does this film suffer from “protagonist confusion” ?  Is this a low end sci-fi thriller or a fancy coming of age drama?  Will David cut Corey’s microphone on his first podcast appearance? Chappie’s got a bigger heart than Robocop— but not a bigger gun.

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SCRIPT DOCTORS
David Negrin, Corey Resnick, Jordan Rosengarten

PRODUCERS, The Script
Jordan Rosengarten, David Negrin

NYC Screenwriters Collective
www.ScreenwritersCollective.org
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Sin City 2 vs. Sin City

February 21, 2015
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Script Doctors
David Negrin, Christopher Theokas

Producers, The Script
David Negrin, Jordan Rosengarten
NYC Screenwriters Collective
www.ScreenwritersCollective.org

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Gone Girl

February 20, 2015

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Script Doctors
David Negrin, Talaiya Safdar, Christopher Theokas

Producers, The Script
David Negrin, Jordan Rosengarten
NYC Screenwriters Collective
www.ScreenwritersCollective.org


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Guardians Of The Galaxy

August 31, 2014

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"We... are... Groot."
Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel Studios' first attempt at a tentpole Action/Comedy and if you look at the box office results, it appears to be a risk that has really paid off. Our script doctors David Negrin, Chris Durham, and Keith Miller analyze whether Marvel's foray into the extended Marvel Galactic Universe also paid off on the story level. Did the film succeed due to Chris Pratt's comedy chops, well honed on Parks & Recreation? Was it due to director James Gunn's "Avengers like" balance of his ensemble cast where everyone shines but none too bright? (then adding relentless cameos including one of our favorite ducks of all time) Or is it something deeper, something systemic, something 'shiny'-- is it Whedonism? We try to decipher the secret sauce Marvel has been feeding us that's turning the whole world into comic book fans.

LISTEN to THE SCRIPT BSE: "Guardians Of The Galaxy" here on iTunes.

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Script Doctors
David Negrin, Chris Durham, Keith Miller

Producers, The Script
David Negrin, Chris Durham
NYC Screenwriters Collective
www.ScreenwritersCollective.org

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Ep 10: HER, Frances Ha, “Women Where Art Thou?”

February 2, 2014


"We are only here briefly, and in this moment I want to allow myself joy."  -- This week on THE SCRIPT, the Collective's organizer David Negrin and its spec script Czar Mike De Luca analyze "Her," the beautiful, innovative romance from the imagination of Spike Jonze.  Also Talaiya Safdar and Denise Papas focus their newly branded Between The Sheets with Talaiya & Denise segment on the theme "Woman Where Art Thou? The current state of female characters in screenwriting."  Mike also gives us a Tracking-Board update on the latest spec script buzz and sales this winter. Then from the Baron's Corner, a review of "Frances Ha," a thoughtful meditation on a notion not completely unfamiliar to the Baron, that of being 'undateable.'

How does Spike Jonze's meticulous, unwinding narrative neutralize the disadvantage of Her's female romantic lead never appearing on screen? How does the film's futurism and Neo-1930's aesthetic elevate a story that uses all the classic conventions of a romance but manage to re-invent them for our time?  Also, who are the 3 HERs? Next Denise and Talaiya deal out an empirical smack down on how under-represented, under-written female characters in scripts are both financially foolish and just plain bull shit. Listen and learn precisely how female characters who pass the Bechdel test make for better scripts and better box office receipts.  Lastly, the Baron gently strokes the narrative of "Frances Ha" with a wonderful review-- as close to Greta Gerwig as he's ever gonna get.

LISTEN to THE SCRIPT: Episode 10 here on iTUNES.

- Read the screenplay for "Her" by Spike Jonze
- Fan mail, comments, questions, wedding proposals and proclamations can be sent to ScriptFeed@gmail.com

Script Doctors
David Negrin, Mike De Luca, Talaiya Safdar, Denise Papas, Patrick Penta

Producers, The Script
Tawny Foskett, David Negrin, Chris Durham
NYC Screenwriters Collective
http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Screenwriters-Collective/

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Ep 9: American Hustle - Script to Screen & 2013’s Biggest Flops

January 12, 2014


BULLSHIT-- It's not bullshit, I read it in an article. The following podcast is the true story of two different loosely based true stories told by two storytellers in two different ways but both inspired by one real life event.  Probably.  David and Jeremy analyze the evolution of the film "American Hustle" by David O. Russel from the acclaimed Blacklisted script "American Bullshit" by screenwriter Eric Warren Singer. How does Singer employ and innovate the conventions of the Heist/Con Artist film genre?  What were the positive effects of David O. Russel re-working all the major relationships from the original script?  What were the effects of leaving out so much of the original dialog? And what does every heist film need at the end of the story? THEN-- our dynamic duo of lady script doctors analyze the biggest flops of 2013. Denise and Talaiya run down the checklist of screenwriter mistakes you'll want to avoid to keep your script ending up like "The Big Wedding", "Trance", and "Paranoia," our biggest misses of the year.

LISTEN to THE SCRIPT: Episode 9 here on iTUNES.

- Read the original script here : "American Bullshit" by Eric Warren Singer.
- Fan mail, comments, questions, wedding proposals and proclamations can be sent to ScriptFeed@gmail.com
- Technical Note: Apologies for some audio issues on this recording, we'll do better next time.

Script Doctors
David Negrin, Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson, Talaiya Safdar, Denise Papas

Producers, The Script
Tawny Foskett, Chris Durham, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective

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Ep 8: Catching Fire, Reaching for the Moon, Dysfunctional Family Holiday Flicks

December 11, 2013


CHINS UP, SMILES ON! It's time for our quixotic quorum on the quarter quell. This week on the The Script, the founders of the Collective try to shoot arrows at Catching Fire, our armchair psychologist script doctors analyze dysfunctional family holiday flicks with deviant structures, we get a Tracking-Board update on all the buzz and spec sales this fall, and a great review of a new indie from Brazilian auteur Bruno Barreto, "Reaching For The Moon" by Tawny herself-- as The Baron was tied up for the moment.

How do the stakes in the 3rd Act of Catching Fire compare to the original Hunger Games finale? Can Katniss replicate the strength and dramatic depth of Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone? Aren't you glad you're not spending your Holidays with the Royal Tenenbaums? Why "Reaching for the Moon" is the must see lesbian romance alternative to that Blue movie. And no Baron, you cannot have another cookie-- eat your rodent porridge, wrap up your shackles, and back to the dungeon for you.

LISTEN to THE SCRIPT: Episode 8 here on iTUNES.

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Script Doctors
David Negrin, Yamil Lopera, Talaiya Safdar, Denise Papas, Tawny Foskett

Producers, The Script
Tawny Foskett, Chris Durham, David Negrin
NYC Screenwriters Collective

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