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David O. Russell

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...‘The whole thing just smells bad to me …’ Maj. Archie Gates (George Clooney), Sfc. Troy Barlow (Ice Cube), SSgt. Chief Elgin (Mark Walhberg) and Pfc. Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze) hunt for contraband gold.‘Just take whatever is inside of you...

François Ozon

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...François Ozon‘She’s not crazy, it’s the only way for her to be alive, to imagine he’s present.’Marie Drillon (Charlotte Rampling) surveys the water, looking for her husband.‘You don’t have to tell the audience everything’François Ozon...

Introduction

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...After working for a Hollywood film studio in my early twenties and reading a lot of screenplays on the weekends, I tried my hand at writing a script. Why not? Everyone else in LA was doing it. What followed was a bit of a mess, a 140-page...

Alex Garland

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...Alex Garland‘Jim’s a normal decent guy and in the normal sequence of events he’s going to kill anyone with a baseball bat …’ Jim (Cillian Murphy) alone in a deserted London, outside the House of Parliament.‘Structure is what I love’Both...

Darren Aronofsky

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...Darren Aronofksy‘What is that noise?’ Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto) discovers that his mother Sara, (Ellen Burstyn) is addicted to drugs of a different kind.‘Hit them with emotion after emotion’Darren Aronofsky burst on to the US independent...

Ted Tally

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...Ted Tally‘There has never been a relationship between two main characters like this.’ Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) intimidates Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster).‘Refrigerator Questions’After studying theatre as an undergraduate at Yale...

Guillermo Arriaga

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...Guillermo Arriaga‘Each one is a son of a bitch.’ El Chivo (Emilio Echevarría) waits for the right moment to re-enter his daughter’s life.‘You do not choose what you write, it chooses you.’Guillermo Arriaga is the author of three novels...

Paul Laverty

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...Paul Laverty‘I fucking love you, I need you, you’re the only person I got in my life.’ Liam (Martin Compston) studies the River Clyde and plans for his family’s future.‘Did you mean to set out to make a sixty million dollar propaganda...

Patrick Mcgrath

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...‘How are we going to know what’s going on in Spider’s head?’ Spider (Ralph Fiennes) reconstructs his past.‘We don’t have to like them, we just have to be not bored by them.’Patrick McGrath was born in London and grew up near Broadmoor...

Fernando León De Aranoa

Screenwriters’ Masterclass : Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...Fernando León de Aranoa‘When things aren’t working, it’s like walking through a desert, you don’t like it but you keep walking.’Fernando León has written and directed three feature films: Familia (1996), Barrio (1996) and Los Lunes al Sol...