Discussing screenplays in a book club format
3 months ago

The Number 23 by Fernley Phillips | #62

This week, we talk about our dream jobs as kids, Hunter discovers the true meaning of a common road sign, and we start seeing this dang number everywhere while we discuss Fernley Phillips' script for The Number 23!

Things to Consider:

  1. A book within a movie
  2. Where it all began
  3. Paranoia as a curse

Matt's Thing: Hereditary (Just go see it...trust us)

Hunter's Thing: Like Stories of Old

Next week's screenplay: The Lion King by Irene Mecchi and Jonathan Roberts

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3 months ago

Child's Pose | SPBC Writers' Room #1

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This month, we make a film about a space yogi. You don't want to miss out on this crazy storyline.

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3 months ago

Manchester by the Sea by Kenneth Lonergan | #61

This week, we yell at some crows, Matt wants to incorporate airport rules to real life, and we take a deep dive into Kenneth Lonergan's screenplay for Manchester by the Sea.

Things to Consider:

  1. The in-betweeners
  2. The unlikeable protagonist
  3. Talking over one another

Matt's Thing: Wizard of Legend

Hunter's Thing: Knights of Pen and Paper

Next week's screenplay: The Number 23 by Fernley Phillips

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4 months ago

Game Night by Mark Perez | #60

This week, Hunter talks about his Segway experience, we riff on a really bad idea, and we kinda sorta continue game month by reading the script for Game Night by Mark Perez!

Things to Consider:

  1. Who are you writing for?
  2. Single-minded focus
  3. The game of life

Matt's Thing: Bill Wurtz

Hunter's Thing: Upgrade

Next week's screenplay: Manchester by the Sea by Kenneth Lonergan

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4 months ago

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by Jordan Mechner | #59

This week, Hunter mixed two drinks that shouldn't be mixed and we wrap up video game adaptation month! We read Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by Jordan Mechner and we discuss how video game scripts work or don't work.

Things to Consider:

  1. Non-actionable action
  2. Writing a movie
  3. The beginning is the end is the beginning

Matt's Thing: Dérives (Remixes) by Jumo

Hunter's Thing: Magic Maze

Next week's screenplay: Game Night by Mark Perez

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4 months ago

Super Mario Bros. by Parker Bennett & Terry Runté | #58

This week, we talk about backyard sports, how Matt only owns 2 shirts, and we take a Warp Pipe into Parallel Manhattan as we discuss the buckwild 1993 adaptation of Super Mario Bros. written by Parker Bennett & Terry Runté.

Things to Consider:

  1. Setting up an adventure
  2. Rated M for Mature
  3. Changing the game

Matt's Thing: Empower

Hunter's Thing: In Eternal Lines by I Am Waiting for You Last Summer

Next week's screenplay: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by Jordan Mechner

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4 months ago

Splinter Cell by Stuart Beattie | #57

This week, we talk about how Christopher Nolan directs a movie, we have a role call, and we discuss the problematic adaptation of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, written by Stuart Beattie!

Things to Consider:

  1. America vs. everyone else
  2. Hitman with a heart
  3. Building out the cast

Matt's Thing: Journaling with Day One

Hunter's Thing: Barry on HBO

Next week's screenplay: Super Mario Bros. by Parker Bennett & Terry Runté

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4 months ago

Halo by Alex Garland | #56

This week, we find out our country personas, we discuss the future of office spaces, and we take a trip into space to read Alex Garland's screenplay adaptation of Halo, based off the hit 2001 Xbox launch title and franchise!

Things to Consider:

  1. Writing for an aware audience
  2. The perfect hero
  3. Advancing the plot
  4. Mission accomplished?

Matt's Thing: This is America by Childish Gambino

Hunter's Thing: SortIt! Apps

Next week's screenplay: Splinter Cell by Stuart Beattie

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5 months ago

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune by David O. Russell | #55

This week, Hunter makes a really good/bad pun, Matt discusses the history of candles, and we jump into an unofficial video game movie month with David O. Russell's unproduced adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune!

Things to Consider:

  1. Going on an adventure!
  2. It takes three (or more)!
  3. In the nick of time!

Matt's Thing: Overwatch

Hunter's Thing: Arkham Horror: The Card Game

Next week's screenplay: Halo by Alex Garland

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5 months ago

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh | #54

This week, Matt has a tickle in his throat, Hunter pitches his new interactive theme park, and we follow up on Martin McDonagh's most recent writing venture with the script for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri!

Things to Consider:

  1. Dialogue vs. action
  2. Likeable characters
  3. Desperation

Matt's Thing: Headspace

Hunter's Thing: Really Bad Chess

Next week's screenplay: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune by David O. Russell

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