Scriptwriting Advice, Writing Advice

Joel and Ethan Coen Spill Their Screenwriting Secrets

coen_bros_a_l_648x365I’ve loved this article for a while.  Not because it’s deeply informative, but because it is the Coen Brothers defined in dialogue.  And if it’s one thing they’re known for, it’s writing dialogue.

Very few filmmakers force me into the theaters immediately today.  Back when, I saw every movie that opened every weekend.  Of course, A) there were fewer movies released each weekend and B) I generally only had to pay for a fraction of them.

Ok, that’s a bit of gloating.  But with the blood, sweat and tears sacr… wait, strike that.  Let’s change it to: With the time, energy and dignity sacrificed for those meager perks of screenings and such, you have to pump it up to make yourself feel it wasn’t for little to nothing.

Point is there aren’t many filmmakers today that have that clear voice from script to screen.  The Coen Brothers.  Allen.  The Wachowski br… siblings.  Wilson/Anderson.

What I admire most about the Coen Brothers is their humor.  No matter how dark they go, they’ve always been able to lace a good laugh when necessary.  And when they want you to laugh, you laugh.  I think I’ve seen Raising Arizona enough times to earn a medal.  And each time I laugh.  Out loud.  Repeatedly.  Even their weakest films (The Man Who Wasn’t There, Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers… yeah, the early part of this century wasn’t kind) still merit watching.  And elicit at least a few out loud laughs.

Now you might not laugh out loud reading this but it should bring a smile to your face.  At least it does for me.  Each time I’ve read it.


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