Best of film scripts

I just finished teaching a class at the San Francisco Writers Grotto on the basics of reporting, called “Crafting Truth.” Of course, once we’d spent hours talking libraries, the Internet, close observation, interviewing techniques, fact-checking, and how to organize all the stuff you gather up, we had to talk about the writing itself. Specifically, what makes a piece of nonfiction, fiction, memoir or playwrighting crackle with life and seem truly credible? One writers in the class is a screenwriter, and sent me his list of favorite screenplays. Read these he suggests, to see clean narrative and lean dialogue:
  • Chinatown
  • The Graduate
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Sideways
Interested in poring over scripts for movies or TV series? Many of them can be found at Drew’s Script-o-rama. Please add your own favorite in the comments section.  


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  1. Crafting truth | Sin and Syntax - September 8, 2016

    […] reporting? Here’s a piece on my methods that originally appeared in Writer’s Digest. And here's a post listing great screenplays you can read to learn what makes a piece of nonfiction, fiction, memoir […]