Aaron Sorkin’s Inventive Structure for Being the Ricardos Raises the Stakes
When it comes to telling stories of real people, Aaron Sorkin knows a thing or two. Not only did he win the Oscar for writing The Social Network (2010), based on Mark Zuckerberg, the WGA recently named the screenplay as number three on their list of the top 101 screenplays in the 21st century! Other ...
The Eyes of Tammy Faye Screenwriter on Writing in a No-Judgement Zone
If you lived through the 80s, you no doubt remember the larger-than-life televangelist power couple Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they were a force of nature. Tammy Faye was known for her clownish makeup and puppet shows; Jim for stealing millions of dollars from his parishioners. Both were mocked by comedians, ridiculed ...
WRITING TRUE: A Look at Biographical Screenplays
Writing a biographical film may sound really easy. After all, everything is there for you. However, real life is chaotic and messy, not to mention contradictory and confusing. A biographical screenplay should be none of these things. So, how do turn a life into a story?
Whitney explores the demons behind Houston’s angelic voice
The new documentary Whitney, about the life and death of Whitney Houston drops numerous bombshells about the singer’s troubled life and family. Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster in this honest, raw, sometimes incredibly frustrating film that is a must-see for every Whitney Houston fan. I sat down with Macdonald to explore the details behind telling this powerful story.
Writer Kelly Fullerton goes deep on the Simone Biles biopic
The new Lifetime movie, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar, is based on Biles’ autobiography from 2016. The biopic details the hardships and sacrifices Biles, played by Jeanté Godlock, made on the road to winning a combined total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, making her one of the greatest gymnasts of all time.
TRUMBO from screenwriter John McNamara
“This was literally non-paid labor for seven or eight years,” screenwriter John McNamara laughs when asked how he came across the idea to write Trumbo, the biopic about Hollywood’s most famous blacklisted screenwriter. “I wrote the screenplay on spec back in 2008. It’s the best David and Goliath story that Hollywood and Washington D.C. ...