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Great share Clare - Thanks!
I think weve had this discussion before about the dangers/futility of comparing spec scripts to Oscar winning and commissioned work. No one is going to tell Sorkin how to write scripts, and since Paul Thomas Anderson was directing his own work, those "rules" don't apply to him either. I do see the point that youre trying to make but these aren't good examples. I feel the author of these tips was simply trying to stop newbies from running before they can even crawl.
Yes, Owen - I caution writers not to follow the nominated scripts as they were written in a protected bubble and not specs. Many were written by the directors who take liberties with format and techniques that someone writing a spec should not do. Tarrentino can get away with a ten page opening scene that is full of dialogue—you and I cannot.
Great pieces of advice. Thank you for reminding us those basic, yet essential screenwriting rules, Clare!