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FILM SCREENPLAY Is it a great one?


What makes a great screenplay?

John Yorke, Guardian,15 March 2013

From Casablanca to The Killing – the elements of a great script are essentially the same. John Yorke – who is responsible for some of the most popular recent British TV dramas – reveals how and why the best screenwriting works

Also by John Yorke:

Into The Woods: A Five Act Journey Into Story

This is lovely long piece which doesn’t mention Chinatown By Robert Townes. But lo, a commenter does. And COTA has posted a version at Screenplay: Chinatown [1977] It’s one of my favourite films, which I repeat ad nauseam. Best silly man joke in film too : note in that shot how the people line up one behind the other.

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