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In-depth screenwriting podcast. Writer William Coldwell and regular co-host, actor and director Alan Vazquez guide you through the screenplays to your favorite films, with a passion and level of detail rarely found elsewhere. It's a film club and writer's group like no other. Long-form discussion, new episodes every two weeks on Mondays.

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In-depth screenwriting podcast. Writer William Coldwell and regular co-host, actor and director Alan Vazquez guide you through the screenplays to your favorite films, with a passion and level of detail rarely found elsewhere. It's a film club and writer's group like no other. Long-form discussion, new episodes every two weeks on Mondays.

    Parasite, Jojo Rabbit and all of the Screenwriting Nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards

    Parasite, Jojo Rabbit and all of the Screenwriting Nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards

    This is a bonus episode in which we discuss the merits of all of the screenplays nominated for the Academy Awards this year, in the two categories of Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. Now that we know who the winners are, we talk about whether we felt the right choices were made. This is a spoiler-free episode so if you haven’t seen all the films, don’t fear, we won’t ruin any of them for you.
    Note: the Academy does not have ‘judges’ but there are specific members of the Academy who can vote on these categories, in the podcast we used the word ‘judge’ as shorthand to mean anyone who is meant to be casting a vote and making that judgement about which screenplays they felt should win.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The White Ribbon (2009) with Brian Dunnigan - Screenplay by Michael Haneke - Writing a Movie - Review

    The White Ribbon (2009) with Brian Dunnigan - Screenplay by Michael Haneke - Writing a Movie - Review

    Brian Dunnigan is a writer and filmmaker from Edinburgh. He is the author of the new book ‘Screenwriting is Filmmaking’ and was the head of the London Film School’s screenwriting programme for twelve years. In this episode William met with Brian in London to discuss the Michael Haneke film ‘The White Ribbon’, which won the Palme d’Or at Canne in 2009. We also hope you enjoy the twenty minutes of bonus content at the end in which we discuss some of Brian’s advice and teachings to screenwriters in his new book.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) with Mark Herman - Screenplay by Mark Herman - Writing a Movie - Review

    The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) with Mark Herman - Screenplay by Mark Herman - Writing a Movie - Review

    Happy new year everyone! This week, writer and director Mark Herman is on the show to discuss his 2008 adaptation of John Boyne’s novel ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. We talk about difficult questions regarding holocaust fiction, how he went about adapting the book into a screenplay, and lessons he has learnt over his career as a screenwriter and filmmaker. This is second recording from York St John University, with many thanks to Mark for his time and to Robert Edgar for facilitating.
    Learn more about Mark Herman // Watch the film // Read the book
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    No Country For Old Men (2007) with Robert Edgar - Screenplay by Joel & Ethan Coen - Writing a Movie - Review

    No Country For Old Men (2007) with Robert Edgar - Screenplay by Joel & Ethan Coen - Writing a Movie - Review

    This week William is in York to chat with Robert Edgar, co-author of the new guide 'Adaptation for Screenwriters'. They discuss the Coen Brother’s popular adaptation ‘No Country For Old Men’, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy. Their conversation covers many interesting topics and ideas including the techniques the writers used to compress the timeline, some of the key differences that are apparent in the screenplay, what we mean when we talk about a film’s faithfulness to a book, and the elusive nature of the story’s antagonist Anton Chigurh.
    Buy 'Adaptation for Screenwriters': Bloomsbury UK // Amazon US
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Lighthouse (2019) - Screenplay by Robert & Max Eggers - Writing a Movie - Review

    The Lighthouse (2019) - Screenplay by Robert & Max Eggers - Writing a Movie - Review

    Young and Old, black and white, good and evil, truth and fiction: ‘The Lighthouse’ is full of binaries. On a remote island in the 1890s, two wickies arrive to tend the lighthouse, and find themselves assaulted by fog, waves, storms, rogue seagulls and the onset of madness. William sits down with Alan to discuss this brilliant screenplay written by the brothers Robert and Max Eggers, paying particular attention in this episode to the symbolism and literary themes.
    We encourage you to download and read the screenplay while it remains available. Disclaimer: This is a link to the production company A24’s website where they have chosen to make it available for fans to read. We are not hosting the screenplay and no copyright infringement is intended.
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Gladiator (2000) with Stuart Voytilla - Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan & William Nicholson - Writing a Movie - Review

    Gladiator (2000) with Stuart Voytilla - Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan & William Nicholson - Writing a Movie - Review

    Stuart Voytilla (author of ‘Myth and the Movies’) joins The 21st Rewrite to discuss the iconic film Gladiator. We analyse the screenplay using the ‘Hero’s Journey’ model, which is explored in detail in Stuart’s book. Learn about the functions of the archetypes, audience expectations regarding story structure, and much more as we delve into the characters and themes of this epic historical drama.
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    • 1 hr 25 min

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