Professor Firstdraft’s GOODTIME SCRIPTORIUM

Dispatches from the far reaches of the WGF.


Inside the Writers Room with BREAKING BAD

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You asked, and we answered. Here's the recording of our INSIDE THE WRITERS ROOM WITH BREAKING BAD event, recorded December 3, 2013 at the WGA theater. In it, Glen Mazzara interviews (from left to right) creator Vince Gilligan and writers Moira Walley-Beckett, Sam Catlin, Peter Gould, Thomas Schauz, Gennifer Hutchison and George Mastras. Why are you still reading this? Start watching!
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Screenplay 101: PATTON

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Today's WGA 101 script is 1970's PATTON - Screen Story and Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North. Based on "A Soldier's Story" by Omar H. Bradley and "Patton: Ordeal and Triumph" by Ladislas Farago. These pages are from the Feb. 1, 1969 draft. And do you really need to ask which scene we picked? PATTON At ease, men. I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the ...
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Screenplay 101: HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

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If you're my age, 1986 was probably one of the better movie years of your youth. '86 was the year of STAR TREK IV, TOP GUN, ALIENS, STAND BY ME, FERRIS BEULLER'S DAY OFF, BACK TO SCHOOL, PLATOON... the list goes on. Oh yeah, and THE COLOR OF MONEY! AN AMERICAN TAIL! POLICE ACADEMY 3! Fine, maybe I'm getting a little carried away. Still, though. You get the point. But only one movie on the WGA's list of the 101 best ...
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Bob’s Burgers in a Kitchen Near You

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Big News. We had a visit from our all time favorite celebrity chef: Bob Belcher. He stopped by our office and completely failed at not being a total hot shot because he made us the most fantastic burger in honor of our upcoming panel with Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux: The Genre Smash Burger. We’re trying not to have an excitement-induced crap attack. We don’t have much of a kitchen here at the Foundation but he came prepared: Starched white apron, grater, industrial burger ...
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Life is Crazy!

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Hi guys -- we're in the process of making a ton of updates to our website. Oh yeah, and we're also moving to a new web host. So we won't have a new Screenplay 101 post up today. Sorry! What can we say? We're understaffed. But we'll be back next week with HANNAH AND HER SISTERS and PATTON. So sit tight!
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Screenplay 101: THE HUSTLER

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Today's whistle stop on our year-long journey through the WGA's 101 best screenplays of all time is 1961's THE HUSTLER, written by Sidney Carroll & Robert Rossen (who also directed). It's based on the novel by Walter Tevis, and it's number 96 on the WGA 101 list. The page here is from the August 1960 draft. Here we see Fast Eddie's speech to Sarah, a girl he's met in his travels as an itinerant pool hustler. Sarah tells Eddie she loves ...
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Screenplay 101: THE SEARCHERS

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Our exploration of the WGA's 101 best screenplays continues with THE SEARCHERS, written by Frank S. Nugent, based on the novel by Alan Le May. The film is considered by many to be not only one of the best Westerns of all time, but one of the most influential films ever made. The pages here are from the July 1955 draft of the film. Much like THE WILD BUNCH, the script begins with long swaths of character description, lingering on the ...
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Screenplay 101: THE GRAPES OF WRATH

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Here's the deal: Throughout 2014, we're posting pages from every script on the WGA's list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays, as chosen by Guild membership, because we have every one in our library. Sure, we have other scripts that didn't make it onto the list, either because they didn't make the cut or because they were produced after the list was generated (presumably SHARKNADO, which we totally have a copy of, is only in the latter category). Today's hardscrabble installment is THE ...
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Screenplay 101: THE WILD BUNCH

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Here's the deal: Throughout 2014, we're posting pages from every script on the WGA's list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays, as chosen by Guild membership, because we have every one in our library. Sure, we have other scripts that didn't make it onto the list, either because they didn't make the cut or because they were produced after the list was generated (presumably SHARKNADO, which we totally have a copy of, is only in the latter category). Today's meaty, manly installment ...
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Screenplay 101: MEMENTO

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Here's the deal: Throughout 2014, we're posting pages from every script on the WGA's list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays, as chosen by Guild membership, because we have every one in our library. Sure, we have other scripts that didn't make it onto the list, either because they didn't make the cut or because they were produced after the list was generated (presumably SHARKNADO, which we totally have a copy of, is only in the latter category). Number 100 on the ...
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