Documentaries about movies or anything to do with movies! And yes, some of these stretch the definition of "documentary" quite…
Tales From the Script
Hollywood screenwriters finally get the last word.
Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon"), John Carpenter ("Halloween"), Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption"), William Goldman ("The Princess Bride"), Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver"), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share hilarious anecdotes and penetrating insights in "Tales from the Script," the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in one of the world's most competitive industries. They also reveal the untold stories behind some of the greatest screenplays ever written, describing their adventures with luminaries including Harrison Ford, Stanley Kubrick, Joel Silver, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg. The film was produced in tandem with the upcoming HarperCollins book of the same name.
Dull, whiney and way too long. This documentary simply cuts together a lot of interviews with moaning script writers. It's only purpose seems to dissuade me from writing film scripts or ever going to Los Angeles.
Some very famous faces appear and tell their boring and whiney stories. If you like the kind of famous people who aren't attractive or interesting, fill your boots with this. Otherwise, avoid.
An insightful dive into the world of one of the least appreciated forms of literature, this documentary counts some of Hollywood’s biggest and smallest screenwriting names amongst its interviewees, boasting talents the likes of William Goldman, John Carpenter, Paul Schrader, and Frank Darabont. Structured around several key topics such as relationships with directors and stars, it’s a film bustling with humourous anecdotes and horror stories in equal measure, shedding light on the highs and lows of the movie writing business. Each of its distinct chapters begins with a clip from a film about screenwriting (such as Adaptation and In a Lonely Place), giving an interesting fictional representation of these same issues discussed at length. It may not exactly be an eye-opening experience that probes deeply into the fabric of Hollywood moviemaking, but it does makes for an enjoyable time in the company of some truly talented and entertaining writers.
I found this very interesting. If hearing screenwriters talk about screenwriting appeals to you, you'll dig this documentary.
A never-ending series of one-liners & depressing anecdotes. Not the intimate conversations I was hoping for.
A few good tidbits.
A satisfying collection of soundbites from screenwriters on why one should never want to become a screenwriter.
A documentary that’s worth a look if you’re interested in writing screenplays or film making.
Curious conversations about screenwriting. Would like more screenwriters to be interviewed since i felt that it could go even deeper into the troubles of this professionals.
You can see why some of these writers have failed to have a great career, they are just so f*cking boring leading to terrible interviews. Luckily there are some top notch writers here who are interesting and brilliantly/brutally honest about their experiences and so this saves it a little. However, my ultimate issue with this movie was the run time. It feels at least 30 minutes too long, and when you have the boring talking heads it's pretty hard going near the end.
Did you know that screenwriters write movies?
Did you know that can be hard?
Did you know that sometimes the scripts get changed?
That's the level of insight you can expect from this completely banal doc.
Probably of interest only for writers. But this is not a bad talking heads documentary.
You get plenty of engaging insight from guys like John Carpenter, Shane Black, Frank Darabont, and William Goldman - who is not in it nearly as much as he should be.
Couple of things, though… The Bucket List? Really? That's a writer you want to talk to?
Also… Some guy who did a pile of DTV action films starring Lorenzo Llamas? Him?
Which is not to say there is no value in talking to these people and seeing what they have to say because every experience is valid and worthwhile in this business. But it's still kind of weird to cut from Paul Schrader to…
Tales From the Script
1 Hour & 45 Minutes
Tales From the Script is a documentary about the hardships that screenwriters face in the land we call Hollywood. There were many personal stories told that I appreciated from the piece, but all and all it ultimately fell short. As nearly two hours of interview followed by interview followed by blown up stills passed before my eyes, I couldn't help but wonder when the documentary was going to get interesting. I have viewed many documentaries, both bad and good, but this one doesn't fit either of these categories.
This documentary is intended for a very specific group of people: screenwriters, both aspiring and working. As a writer, much of the…
Tales From the Script is an interesting look into the lives of several successful Hollywood Screenwriters. I found it intriguing to hear how writers I admire got their start in the movie business but the film does tend to drag on a little bit.
An interesting look at the struggles of a script writer. The thing I took away from this was how many scripts are never made into movies. One man who was interviewed said he has written 40+ scripts and only had 4-5 movies made.
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