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    Polly Whitney
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    Good news: Now, more than ever, there is a great demand for scripts, given the increasing number of distributors and given the web. So, how do you get started? What are the elements of a marketable screenplay? What characterizes appropriate dialogue? What’s the difference between a screenplay and a director’s script, and why you MUST know. Good movies must be ABOUT something – so it’s fair to ask “what is AMERICAN SNIPER about?” Is the “about-ness” crucial to the worthiness? Is that Oscar-nominated film about being cooler than anyone because you can shoot the iris out of a man’s eye at a thousand yards? Or is it about patriotism? Or something else? THE INTERVIEW, by all accounts an incredibly lesser movie, seems to be about two American comics making fools of themselves and fools of us when we’ve seen the film. Do THEMES elevate movies over comic chaos. Is seriousness of purpose the mark of greatness? Does farting qualify as dialogue? It’s difficult for me to answer even that small question because BLAZING SADDLES is on my list of favorite movies.

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    davidsmith
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    Does a screenplay ever end up written by just one person?

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    Polly Whitney
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    I know what you mean, but there are some screenwriters with enough clout and talent that they can actually, in a very real sense, lay claim to finishing the project and enjoy “creative ownership” of the film. Example: Dalton Trumbo and EXODUS.

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