Let's think back to the 1960s, when more people were writing surreal, paranoid themes. Now place Jim Henson in that context, and you get Time Piece
(YouTube, excerpt; behind the scenes clip
, YT). Add in collaboration with writer (and puppeteer) Jerry Juhl
and you have The Cube
(YT, full film), as well as the setting for the hypnagogic story of a man pursued in the desert, called Tale of Sand. This was first written up as a screenplay and pitched as a movie in the late 1960s, then revised and re-pitched in 1974. But no one bit, so the screenplay was shelved, and then Jim gained fame for Sesame Street and The Muppets. Elements of Tale of Sand appeared in The Muppet Movie
(YT, full movie) and other places since then, but the work was largely unseen and forgotten. Jump ahead three decades, and the Henson Company teams up with Archaia
, first releasing Fraggle Rock and Dark Crystal comics
, then digging in the Henson Company vault to bring Tale of Sand to light with cartoonist Ramón Pérez
. You can see a preview of the graphic novel on Graphicly
(including a nice dynamic display) and Amazon
(static images, but more pages in the preview). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 6, 2013 -
"The screenplay keeps so many balls in the air that everything feels lively and inventive and fun, even when the plot isn’t being forwarded, or especially when the plot isn’t being forwarded. "
, director, actor and screenwriter, is known for his exhaustive
analysis of screenplays (previously
) turns his eye to the modern Superhero Genre with a complete break down of Marvel's The Avengers Part 1
posted by The Whelk
on Jan 11, 2013 -
On The Road, On The Screen
: 'A large part of On The Road’s powerful and ongoing appeal undoubtedly stems from the lyricism of its language -- as opposed to its linearity, or even narrative coherence. Translating this to the screen could quite simply be impossible. Indeed, one suspects it is the reason that, up till now, so many screenwriters have failed in turning Kerouac’s text into visual form.'
posted by the man of twists and turns
on May 10, 2012 -
M. Sartre goes to Hollywood.
In 1958, John Huston asked Jean-Paul Sartre to write a biopic of Sigmund Freud. "The Huston-Sartre collaboration
fell apart in 1959, when Sartre travelled to Huston's home in Ireland to work on the script. The two didn't work well together. 'There was no such thing as a conversation with him,' Huston later recalled. 'He talked incessantly, and there was no interrupting him. You'd wait for him to catch his breath, but he wouldn't.' Meanwhile Sartre, in his letters to Simone de Beauvoir, described Huston as 'perfectly vacant, literally incapable of speaking to those whom he has invited.'"
[via Bookslut] [more inside]
posted by Paragon
on Mar 1, 2010 -
In a very unusual move, 20th Century Fox has decided to release James Cameron’s entire screenplay for AVATAR online. Read the script
as a PDF.
posted by twoleftfeet
on Jan 11, 2010 -
reviews the latest screenplays from Hollywood, usually with links to the screenplays themselves.
posted by alby
on Jul 7, 2009 -
is a group in various cities that allows people to "share their own adolescent journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more." It's embarrassing
, to be sure, but it's frequently also hilarious
(NSFW). Recently they've set up a page
to share videos of live performances, and the latest is my favorite so far. "500 Miles To Hollywood
" features Elijah Wood, James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Busy Phillips (Freaks & Geeks), Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) and Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds) "helping Jason Smith fulfill his dream and bring a 2-decade-old screenplay to life."
posted by ktoad
on Apr 10, 2008 -
is a web-based collaborative screenwriting application where you can write a screenplay with as many or as few people as you like. Adopting the wiki approach to screenwriting, each element is editable by any member of a project. You can also comment on, delete or restore any element. For all of the "filmic storytellers" on MeFi.
posted by ColdChef
on Jul 30, 2007 -
The ultimate spoiler! Download the complete, illustrated screenplay for "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" here
for $4.99. completely legal.
posted by JPowers
on Apr 18, 2005 -
"Theft in Hollywood"...
I'm strangely fascinated by this insane site. This gentleman believes that innovative ideas like "cloud", "corridor", and "storm" were stolen from his unproduced screenplay, and used in countless movies and commercials. And that's only the surface weirdness. There's much more where that came from, including secret coded messages in fortune cookies from the FBI...
posted by wiremommy
on May 3, 2000 -