Go Into The Story Week In Review: April 14-April 20, 2014

Links to the week’s most notable posts:

2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Screenwriters

A Story Idea Each Day for a Month — Day 14: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Lost Years

A Story Idea Each Day for a Month — Day 15: Woman hits multimillion scratchcard jackpot 4 times

A Story Idea Each Day for a Month — Day 16: What is it like to be the lone survivor of a catastrophe

A Story Idea Each Day for a Month — Day 17: Dave Matthews fans give star a ride

A Story Idea Each Day for a Month — Day 18: Mystery deaths… mystery package… mystery sender

A Story Idea Each Day for a Month — Day 19: Bank Repossesses Wrong House, Sells Off Homeowner’s Stuff

A Story Idea Each Day for a Month — Day 20: 7 tips for keeping your man (from the 1950s)

Best Black List movies?

Create a Compelling Protagonist

Daily Dialogue Theme for Next Week: Sales Pitch

Everything You Wanted To Know About Specs (20 Part Series)

“Fear On Film”: Roundtable with John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and John Landis

Go Into The Story Interview: Elijah Bynum

Great Character: Sam Shakusky (Moonrise Kingdom)

Interview (Video): David S. Goyer

Interview (Written): Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman (Draft Day)

Movies You Made: Resignation

On Writing: Billy Wilder

Reader Question: How far can a writer go with the “similar but different” approach?

Reader Question: Do you have any tips for working with feedback?

Saturday Hot Links

Screenwriting 101: Nancy Meyers

Screenwriting News (April 14-April 20, 2014)

Script To Screen: Milk

Spec Script Sale: “Yellowstone Falls”

Spec Script Sale: “I’m In Love With The DJ”

Ten Career Lessons From An Oscar-Winning Producer

“The Hateful Eight” staged reading round-up

“The Multiple Perspectives of Christopher Nolan” [Video]

WGAW Releases Latest Findings of 2014 Hollywood Writers Report

Writing and the Creative Life: Boundaries of Space, Boundaries of Time

“The Hateful Eight” staged reading round-up

Last night at the United Artists Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA, Quentin Tarantino directed a staged reading of his original screenplay The Hateful Eight. This is the script that Gawker leaked to the web back in January that led to a lawsuit by the filmmaker against the online site. At the time, Tarantino said because of the script going public, he was scrapping the movie project. Evidently per the script reading last night, that is not necessarily the case.

Actors who participated in the staged reading: Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, James Parks, Amber Tamblyn Michael Madsen, Denis Menochet, James Remar, Walton Goggins and Bruce Dern.

Photo via Indiewire

I’ve aggregated some of the key reports from the event.




Some reviews:

THR (Todd McCarthy)

Indiewire (Anne Thompson)

Indiewire (Charlie Schmidlin)

This is a worthy excerpt from this last review:

Ad-libbing from the cast even forced Tarantino to grow somewhat irate, as he told them, “You’re starting to drift a little from the dialogue, guys. Stick to what’s written on the page—no more co-writing.”

Spoken like a true screenwriter!

Gawker claims this is all a stunt by Tarantino to generate interest in the project. I doubt it, but the fact is everything that has transpired has created all sorts of buzz, leading to the event last night in front of a packed house including heavy hitters like the Weinstein brothers.

What’s your take? Do you hope Tarantino goes forward with The Hateful Eight movie?

UPDATE: This review from Hitfix.

Interview [6 part series]: Elijah Bynum

The Black List is a pretty exclusive club, especially so for those writers who manage to land two scripts on the List in a single year. That’s what Elijah Bynum did in 2013 when two of his original screenplays — “Mississippi Mud” and “Hot Summer Nights”.

Bynum Elijah

I sought out Elijah to see what sort of creative mind could manage that feat. He was kind enough to give me an hour of his time in what turned out to be a great conversation about storytelling and the craft of screenwriting.

Part 1: “I was born and raised in a little town in a little state 3,000 miles away from Hollywood. I figured I had a better chance of striking oil in my backyard than making a career in entertainment.”

Part 2: “First of all, just naturally the way I approach story, I always have a question I want to explore. I never want to answer the question. I want to raise the question and present both sides of the argument and let the audience drawn their own conclusion.”

Part 3: “I wanted to explore religion and faith and the idea of fate and happenstance. What some call fate others call ‘the way shit is’”.

Part 4: “It’s the fear of becoming that thing that the world around you tells you that you’ll become. All of our characters fight against that. Some win. Some don’t.”

Part 5: “I have an index card taped to my desk that says, “Don’t be boring.” I have to remind myself of that all the time. Any time I feel the plot dragging and I realize I’m going down the wrong path I look down at my desk and that little index card is staring up at me.”

Part 6: “Writers have to be curious by nature. Curious about life, curious about human beings, curious about what makes the world go around. As long as you’re curious, there will always be something to write and you’ll always be raising the right questions.”

Elijah is repped at Verve and Kaplan / Perrone.

Twitter: @BynumElijah.

Screenwriting News (April 14-April 20, 2014)

Jesse Armstrong writing comedy “Border Guards” for Sony and Gary Sanchez Productions.

David Berenbaum writing sequel Mrs. Doubtfire 2 for Fox 2000.

TJ Fixman sells action thriller script “Men Who Kill” to 20th Century Fox, Michael B. Jordan attached to star.

John Hlavin sells period action pitch “Nekome” to GrandElectric Entertainment.

Lauryn Kahn sells comedy spec script “I’m In Love With The DJ” to Sony Pictures.

Daniel Kunka sells action drama spec script “Yellowstone Falls” to QED for a reported six figures against near seven-figures.

Tony Kushner adapting historical drama “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” for DreamWorks Studios, Steven Spielberg attached to direct.

Seth Lochhead adapting comic series “Who is Jake Ellis?” for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.

James McBride adapting his own novel “The Good Lord Bird” for New Regency.

David Michôd writing drama “The Operators” for New Regency, Michôd directing, Brad Pitt attached to star.

Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux writing “Hot Stuff” for DreamWorks Animation.

John Swetnam writing and directing found footage dance drama “Breaking Through” for Get Lifted Film Company.