Professor Firstdraft’s GOODTIME SCRIPTORIUM

Dispatches from the far reaches of the WGF.


We’ll Miss You, MAD MEN.

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While MAD MEN’s true strength was its layers upon layers of character depth – such that there may be no end to what can be revealed upon multiple viewings – what won many viewers over was its frank, unflinching depiction of the sexism of 1960s America.

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Tiny Moments: The DANCES WITH WOLVES Script

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We were saddened last week to learn that Michael Blake, the writer of DANCES WITH WOLVES (both the screenplay and the original novel) died of cancer at the unacceptably young age of 69. I was even more saddened to learn what I didn’t know about Blake.

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Celebrating National Library Week with a full torso apparition in the NYPL

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Two iconic lions guard the main branch of the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Mayor LaGuardia named them Patience and Fortitude as encouragement to his citizens during the Great Depression. The library, as a building and as an idea, is a tribute to knowledge and culture and boundless human endeavor. We decided to celebrate National Library Week by highlighting a classic cinematic library scene and paying tribute to one fine example of human endeavor.

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Remembering Harris Wittels

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Last night, PARKS AND RECREATION ended. But a week before the end, one of its writers, the truly funny Harris Wittels, died. Here are pages from two of his PARKS scripts.

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