A Few Thoughts on screenplays

Been spending most of my time lately working on TV scripts. It’s incredibly rewarding because screenplays feel so much more finished than a comic scripts.

You can hand your buddies a screenplay and, if you’ve done your job, they’ll feel like they’ve watched it. A comic script is like handing that same friend a stack of blueprints and asking him what he thinks of your new house.

Hollywood has gotten very good at screenplays. There’s a set of rules, all designed to imbue your script with a magical readability. Makes sense, because before you make a movie a bunch of people need to read a script.

But movies are a lot more than scripts.

These readable scripts are limiting. They limit the kinds of movies you can make. There are many movies (mostly art house or foreign) that would have died on the page. This explains the creative success of so many writer-directors, who write for themselves and not their readers.

The macro trend here: the world has gotten a lot better at writing scripts. But have we gotten any better at making movies?


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