J. Taylor

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Date registered: June 4, 2011
URL: http://www.thescreenplayservices.com

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  1. Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: How the Writers/Directors of THE WAY WAY BACK Made Their Directorial Debut Their Way (Q&A Screening) — August 4, 2013
  2. Injecting Corporate America with a Taste of Its Own Medicine: A Discussion with THE EAST’s Zal Batmanglij, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson (Q&A Screening) — July 7, 2013
  3. Finding the Life Behind the Moments that Resonate: Greta Gerwig Discusses FRANCES HA (Q&A Screening) — June 8, 2013
  4. Divorce & Narcissism Through the Eyes of a Child in WHAT MAISIE KNEW (Q&A Screening) — June 3, 2013
  5. Writing During Production: The Development of Sundance Darling BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Q&A Screening) — July 13, 2012

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: How the Writers/Directors of THE WAY WAY BACK Made Their Directorial Debut Their Way (Q&A Screening)

The Way Way Back, one of the most entertaining films of the summer, is from writers/directors Nat Faxon & Jim Rash. Faxon, Rash and actress Allison Janney gave a very comical Q&A. They provide a lot of educational information to screenwriters and filmmakers, as they discussed their eight year journey to get the film made their way. Video from the Q&A is included.

Permanent link to this article: http://cinematicinspirations.com/2013/08/04/thewaywayback/

Injecting Corporate America with a Taste of Its Own Medicine: A Discussion with THE EAST’s Zal Batmanglij, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson (Q&A Screening)

The East is the ultimate revenge fantasy against corporations with no moral fiber, like a smaller budget indie version of Fight Club, where Freeganism replaces nihilism. Director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij and actors Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson discuss the origins of the script, Freeganism, and what drew the actors to these roles. Includes videos from the Q&A.

Permanent link to this article: http://cinematicinspirations.com/2013/07/07/theeast/

Finding the Life Behind the Moments that Resonate: Greta Gerwig Discusses FRANCES HA (Q&A Screening)

Frances Ha is a very unexpected, atypical uplifting comedy that focuses on friendship and self discovery rather than a romantic relationship. During a Q&A, Greta Gerwig discussed her collaboration with Baumbach, developing the story, casting, the film’s naturalism, and the choice to shoot in black and white.

Permanent link to this article: http://cinematicinspirations.com/2013/06/08/francesha/

Divorce & Narcissism Through the Eyes of a Child in WHAT MAISIE KNEW (Q&A Screening)

What Maisie Knew is a heartbreaking and fascinating study of both divorce and narcissism, filled with realistic characters and important themes that hit home. This is the first film I can remember that shows divorce so accurately through the eyes of a young child, who doesn’t completely understand what is going on. Sure, there have …

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Writing During Production: The Development of Sundance Darling BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Q&A Screening)

I was at a showing a couple weeks ago of Sundance darling Beasts of the Southern Wild at the Landmark here in Los Angeles.  It was followed by a Q & A with breakout newcomers: director/co-writer Benh Zeitlin, cinematographer Ben Richardson, and first time actors Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry.  Beasts won the top award …

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The Hunter and the Hunted: Intriguing Lead Characters in Man Vs. Nature Films

One of the best and little seen films of 2012 is The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe and written and directed by Daniel Nettheim. The Australian film, released on DVD this coming Tuesday, July 3, is full of rich themes – the most pertinent one being man versus nature. This made me think about why characters …

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A Must-Read for Screenwriters–THE ANNOTATED GODFATHER:THE COMPLETE SCREENPLAY

I picked up a copy of Jenny M. Jones’ The Annotated Godfather: The Complete Screenplay with Commentary on Every Scene, Interviews, and Little-Known Facts recently for a crime screenplay I’m writing. I always believe it’s educational and sometimes even inspirational to read your favorite screenwriters and scripts from your favorite films. And this book goes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cinematicinspirations.com/2012/05/20/a-must-read-for-screenwriters-the-annotated-godfatherthe-complete-screenplay/

Best of 2011

Here are the first five films that top my list of the best films of 2011, a list of films I believe every screenwriter should see. Beginners Writer/Director: Mike Mills With a touch of Woody Allen romanticism, Mike Mills has made a heartfelt story of fathers and sons, the love and the pain of letting …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cinematicinspirations.com/2012/03/18/best-of-2011-first-five/

Pearl Jam Rocks Out at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

  November 24, 2013 Pearl Jam rocked out at the Los Angeles Sports Arena last night to what looked like a sold out crowd. The Sports Arena sits close to 17,000 people and like me, the entire audience seemed totally engrossed in the songs, singing along, having a great time. Pearl Jam songs have been …

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