At the risk of giving an opinion-based answer, your friend is mostly right. Lucas began by writing a synopsis of the story in early 1973, then started working on a rough draft of a script the next year. Lucas' first draft was a mess: the story was confusing, far too long, and incredibly boring; the characters were terrible and bland; the dialogue was leaden ...
This article is a very interesting read on nature documentaries.
It seems that yes, generally, a nature documentary does at least some scripting first. For example, on the BBC's documentary series 'The Hunt':
The Hunt took three years to film; the beautiful sequence of a blue whale eating krill took two years. The first year, the water was too murky for ...
WSJ’s report also contains a few interesting accounts of how recent and upcoming movies were kept under wraps. Each copy of each script for The Hunger Games adaptations has a few slightly different words, so that if it reaches the public the studio will be able to figure out exactly where the leak came from.
It's called a Canary Trap ...
These abbreviations represent the type of scene and the area where it's being filmed.
From this glossary and this page from abbreviations used in movie scripts,
EXT. => Exterior
INT. => Interior
O.S. => Abbreviation for Off Screen, denoting that the speaker is not resident within the scene.
V.O. => Abbreviation for Voice Over, denoting that the ...
Well there is only so much you can plan ahead.
Just look at David Attenborough's experience with baby gorillas.
There is a youtube video of him and the crew thinking back to that time. I think it more or less speaks for itself:
You can plan to get close, you can plan to be accepted by the gorillas. The rest is up to the ...
Because it was "inspired" by it, not "based" on it. Herbert Asbury's book (as you've mentioned in your quote) is non-fiction. It was about the real and historic Gangs of New York. Now the movie was completely fictional, only loosely following the real historic events (which Asbury didn't author but reported), so it's considered to be a standalone screenplay, ...
Your answer lies in how the Academy defines the Original Screenplay category.
Over the years, that definition has itself shuttled back and forth. For instance, here's how the category was viewed in the 70s.
1973 & 1974: Writing (Story and Screenplay–based on factual material or material not previously published or produced)
1975 & 1976: ...
From IMDB trivia section for the film re the DVD commentary:
The scene where Doyle and Russo chase down the dealer near the beginning and Gene Hackman shouts out his famous question "Did you ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?" is based on actual "good cop/bad cop" interrogations by the real "French Connection" detectives, Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso ...
It depends on how you define it, as you can look at something like Hitchock's Psycho, which was remade almost scene for scene and shot for shot, or adaptations of works. You can also limit it by Hollywood, Bollywood, German, etc.
The Great Gatsby has been made into a film seven different times in the US, but the overall record holder for a same name film is ...
Julia Turner at Slate had the same question back in February 2003:
Jay Cocks, a longtime Scorsese collaborator and one of film's three
credited writers, told Explainer that most of the script was an
original creation: "This is a world we conjured out of whole cloth,
out of a whole lot of unassimilated historical research." He says
Asbury's book, ...
Translated from a Dutch website:
The original story was written by both Soeteman and Verhoeven shortly after the finishing of the series called 'Floris, which was made in 1969. It was originally called 'the mercenaries' (De Huurlingen in Dutch). It was supposed to be a medieval story about a number of soldiers that are paid to reconquer a city. After ...
In these three examples, you can find different ways of doing it.
It is denoted with "Spoken Title", "Sub-title" or just "Title" instead of the number of the shot/scene.
Here are examples from the links:
(1) The Sidewalks of New York (1923)
Scene 13--The battlers break and glare at
Reagan. One of them, a freckled specimen with
dangerous eyes, asks:
This is a form of a bookend.
Matching scenes at the beginning and end of a story, often to show how
things have changed through the course of the series, or to
demonstrate that they haven't changed at all.
Usually an entire scene that is repeated as a bookend, but if the dialog is meaningful enough it may suffice to serve the same purpose.
In terms of dialogue and visual direction, it's all planned out, though actors may change lines slightly.
In one interview, creator Vince Gilligan addresses it partially:
Q: What was the first character you created apart from Walt? Also, how much of the series is improvised by the actors? – Trionout
A: Every now and then Bryan Cranston might come up with a ...
My money is on Romeo and Juliet. But without proper in depth research, my money maybe ill-placed.
Wikipedia list of Romeo and Juliet Films
Wikipedia: Romeo and Juliet on Screen ("...may be one of the most-screened plays of all time")
Did any Mork and Mindy production script ever explicitly mark the places where Robin Williams was supposed to improvise?
No, this did not happen.
During the time of Mork and Mindy being a major hit, there were rumors circulating that Robin Williams would ad-lib most of his lines.
From a series of interviews with the director and several writers of Mork ...
As a former screenwriter, I'm well aware of standard Hollywood story structure. Essentially, the story is broken into 8 sections of nearly-equal length, with sections 1 and 8 typically being a little shorter, and sections 2 and 7 typically being a little longer. Sections 3-6 comprise the "second act", where the main characters move past obstacles towards ...
No spy worth his weight in bullets would begin a mission without a thorough briefing. But ”Mission: Impossible 2,” the $90 million spy thriller starring Tom Cruise, started filming without a finished script. What’s more, Robert Towne (the sole writer to receive screenplay credit) says he was making changes to his work during the editing process as recently ...
The screenplay was very much in flux during the filming, which is reflected in the official novelization by George Gipe which differs significantly from the released movie in numerous places.
Ryan North offers an in-depth analysis of the differences between both on his "B to the F: The Novelization of Back To The Future" tumblr, which is also available as a ...
In the photo you included, one possible way is this:
Hang the 12 mall mirrors on the wall.
Place the camera where it will be in the shot.
Have a "stand-in" stand right where the actor will be. (A "stand-in" is a person who is hired to stand in one place on a movie set, while technicians adjust the cameras and lights so that the person looks good. Then, the ...
Starting with your definition of Karma or Justice:
the good guy that beats the villan and gets the girl and the bad guys who learn their lessons one way or another in the end
And your first questions:
Is the concept of karma in movies (or any story in general) a valid idea?
If yes, is it intentional or is it inherently in the nature of stories?
It highly depends on the director. Some directors (mainly the ones who were actors themselves once upon a time) allow the actors to play out a scene a little here and there. These types of directors will encourage it. Don’t forget they often take many takes of a scene. Some actors are devilishly brilliant when it comes to saying or exploring their lines in a ...
I suspect the scriptwriters wanted to make it clear to viewers that Redford's character was getting suspicious that they might be after him. The slow zoom on the abandoned phone swinging from its cord as Redford walks away parallels Redford's dawning realization that he is a target. ("Why would they want me to leave the phone off the hook? Did they trace the ...
Almost all movies derived from stage musicals will add at least one original song, the objective being to make it eligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. In recent memory, Beauty and the Beast did this, as did Les Miserables and Into the Woods. The new Wicked movie will have original songs as well. It's actually difficult to find ...
According to this interview with Robert Towne he had a rather good working relationship with Tom Cruise (they already worked together before, on the first Mission Impossible and Days of Thunder).
Regarding the script, he said:
... by the time I got involved, there were certain action pieces around
which the story had to be written, or, at the very least, ...
Changing it to electric chair makes it more historically accurate; based on when the movie is set, Bell could have sent someone to the chair early in his career.
When Chiguhr makes the gas station attendant flip a coin for his life, he tells him the date on the coin is 1958 and says it has been traveling 22 years to get there, placing the events of the movie ...
It is a joke:
While the actor Bryan Brown is Australian, the character that he is playing - Roland Tyler is presumably not* (indeed, he couldn't be deported from his home country). What's more, the movie itself is produced in USA.
So the in-movie, the story goes like this: Roland made such horrible movie that he was deported from Australia, which is ...
According to the IMDb:
What are the German ladies arguing about?
Something about that they should have two set of keys for each. The
other answers "That's quite easy." The scene then returns to the
brothers. As their voices get louder, one lady is telling the other
that her memory is bad, and the other lady responds that the first
lady is the one ...
There are an unknown amount of original scripts that have been bought by studios that have not been greenlit, only the studios themselves know how many.
The reason for them basically sitting on shelves collecting dust is that studios are investing in films that are fairly guaranteed to make them money, hence the prevalence of superhero movies and remakes ...