Monday, November 12, 2007

The Dialogue

I've been watching an extremely inspiring series of DVDs called THE DIALOGUE: LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS. A buddy of mine suggested I check them out some time ago but I've only just recently seen volumes one and two show up on netflix.

If you're at all interested in how movies get made, I highly recommend them.

There are (currently) 27 discs in the series and each one features an interview with an A-list screenwriter or screenwriting team. The scribes chat very casually with an interviewer about the craft of screenwriting and about their own individual process, but also manage to slip in the occasional story about how they got started or what it's like working in Hollywood. Very interesting and very, very informative.

Unlike other profile-type interviews with filmmakers, the discs in this series have managed to keep me engaged all the way through. Each one is between 80 and 90 minutes long and the host, Mike DeLuca, keeps things moving without too many interruptions. In fact, DeLuca is a big reason why I enjoy them so much (in addition to being a movie fanatic, DeLuca has been President of Production for New Line Cinema, Dreamworks and Sony and has worked as a screenwriter, producer and/or executive on films like SE7EN, BOOGIE NIGHTS, ZATHURA, DARK CITY, FREDDY'S NIGHTMARE and GHOST RIDER to name a few). DeLuca's bedside manner comes across as low-key, natural and entertaining.

I've seen three discs so far (Paul Haggis, Nia Vardalos and Stuart Beattie) and will likely purchase the Stuart Beattie one.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Concerning the Writer's Strike

For those interested, there's lots of good dialogue about it over on Craig Mazin's blog.