Write A Movie You Can MAKE!

I’m headed to Vermont tomorrow to my annual teaching convention. All the film production teachers in the U.S. crammed in one room! One of the speeches I am giving is about why writers should be producers.

Writers should be producers. It gives them control and power and a hyphen.

To that end, writers should write stuff that they can actually raise the money and get produced. Don’t write STAR WARS. Write SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE or BOUND or BRICK. Something you can squeeze money out of dentists and actually get PRODUCED. That way, you’re a writer-producer, not a schmuck.

Here’s a list of movies that would fit that bill… Imagine making a story like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD today. You need a couple of houses on a street and a courthouse and some really good actors. That’s the key… great actors, no special effects, very few locations, just people in a room. Like twelve guys in ONE room… TWELVE ANGRY MEN.

THESE COULD BE LOW BUDGET FILMS
assuming they were shot in present day… (i.e. tell the CHINATOWN story today)

American:

BADLANDS
BLUE VELVET
TAXI DRIVER
CHINATOWN
SHAMPOO
MANHATTAN
FIVE EASY PIECES
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
THE EXORCIST
CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
THE CONVERSATION
THE KILLER
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
CARNAL KNOWLEDGE
DO THE RIGHT THING
RISKY BUSINESS
BEING THERE
HANNAH AND HER SISTERS
RESERVOIR DOGS
DAZED AND CONFUSED
GROUNDHOG DAY
RAISING ARIZONA
MEAN STREETS
DIRTY HARRY
BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK
COOL HAND LUKE
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE
DELIVERANCE
RUMBLEFISH
STRAW DOGS
THE RIVER’S EDGE
BOUND
THE MAN FROM EARTH
GERRY
PANIC ROOM
12 ANGRY MEN
TAPE
HARD CANDY
BRICK
EVERYBODY’S FINE
CUTTER’S WAY
LIFEBOAT
SLEUTH
TETRO
THE STRANGERS
PRIMER
WAIT UNTIL DARK
GRACE
HENRY, PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
PONTYPOOL
TEETH
FRAILTY
THE RAPTURE
SALVAGE

Foreign:

NAKED
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK
DON’T LOOK NOW
BLUE
BAD TIMING
PIXOTE
DIVA
HIGH AND LOW
SID AND NANCY
TRAINSPOTTING
THE ART OF NEGATIVE THINKING
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
A HOLE IN MY HEART
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
CACHE
ELLING
INSOMNIA
SAUNA
THE DINNER GAME
TASTE OF CHERRY
NABOER

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