Screenwriting : Educational Movie Nights by Imo Wimana Chadband

Imo Wimana Chadband

Educational Movie Nights

This time around, I take a break from writing, to do a bit of learning in the form of movie night!

The movie to be digested tonight, is, The Judge. Normally I'd watch the movie and read the script, but this script is being pretty elusive, so I'll have to settle just for the movie this time.

To the newer writers, do you set aside time to watch movies with an eye to learn and read the scripts? To the more experienced writers, do you do the same, even if you've already got the knack for writing?

Nathan Smith

If I want to learn about script from a movie I don't watch it, I have it playing in a different tab and only listen to the audio.

Stephen Floyd

All the time, sometimes to study and sometimes as an excuse to not write. What’s a little annoying is when you pick a story so engrossing it draws you in and you forget you’re supposed to be taking notes. Right now I’m on a fantasy series that’s a little like Dragnet with ghosts. It follows a paranormal investigator as he helps people with possessions and other ghostly problems. But episode after episode, the plot focuses on the people with the problems and their arcs, not the investigator. The question becomes whether or not he is truly the protagonist. He’s in every episode, but each episode is really about another person’s wants and struggles. But all these narrative layers are difficult to dissect because it’s easy to get lost in the storytelling, which has a compelling and beautiful simplicity.

Derek Reid

I'll try to watch a movie once a week if I find one available I think might be decent. Then sometimes look for the script after-the-fact if the film was particularly good (although less often now than when I started writing them - both cause I don't feel the need to do it as much and also have a lot of scripts already saved to go back to).

Dan MaxXx

I try to watch festival movies, track careers of Up and Comers. I knew Ari Aster was going to be a huge filmmaker after seeing his short movie, The Strange thing about the Johnsons.

Wendy Jones

I watch films as often as I can . I intend to read more scripts soon too. That comes in waves.

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services

I'm always watching, though I rarely read the script itself. I like to rewatch a lot and analyze. For example, recently watched Jurassic Park for the first time in maybe seven years, obviously a great film, but I learned this time around that Ian Malcolm has zero character arc. Something I wouldn't have noticed before I started writing and reading more. He's just there for jokes and spouting exposition, and when they couldn't figure out what to do with him but didn't want to kill him off, he just waits around until the end of the movie almost completely disappearing from the second half except to read directions for Ellie. Doesn't make him poorly written by any stretch, he serves his purpose perfectly, but it's probably a big reason why the sequel didn't work, they had to write around a character who had no development.

Beth Fox Heisinger

I try to read most scripts from films that I see or that interest me. Sometimes, if possible, I read before I view. It depends. I’m always a bit frustrated when I can’t get my hands on something. Lol! I try to pay attention to festivals, etc, and/or I watch a lot of shorts. I often listen to movies like listening to the radio. I try to absorb as much as I can. There’s a lot of great material and visionary filmmakers out there. ;)

Imo Wimana Chadband

Nathan Smith That's interesting. I'd have to try that sometime. Never thought of just listening to it.

Imo Wimana Chadband

I know what you mean Stephen Floyd I too get caught being carried away in the story, but I pull myself back and start paying attention to every detail again. Got to keep reminding myself I'm not only watching it for entertainment this time.

Imo Wimana Chadband

Derek Reid I can understand that. I too have lessened the time I used to spend watching movies and reading scripts, but it is something I want to do more of again during the week. It really helps develop the craft and keep you sharp.

Imo Wimana Chadband

Dan MaxXx is there somewhere online that you recommend to watch festival movies? It's a good idea to follow Up and Comers. I should pick up that trend.

Imo Wimana Chadband

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services it's so true what you said. It's a complete difference when you're watching for entertainment, and to analyze. It's like so many new things open up to you through the eyes of analysis. Sometimes I won't read the script if the movie doesn't have that "wow" factor, you know. But if I find the characters and flow of the movie is really to a point, I'd be fiending to read the script to see how they went about writing the scenes.

Imo Wimana Chadband

Beth Fox Heisinger hahaha I remember watching a movie, and I was so excited to read the script, but sadly realized...I couldn't find the script anywhere! :'( I felt so defeated and bamboozled, lol. Now, I always check for the script beforehand. I really prefer to be able to read the script after watching, but if the movie is too good to pass up, I'd still watch it and just try learn as much as I can just from the movie. I've never tried reading the script first though.

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