Bottle Films!

Some of these cost an ocean of money, but they could be have been done low budget.

Hard Candy, Pieces Of April, Rachel Getting Married, Being There, Breakfast Club, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dog Day Afternoon, Reservoir Dogs, Sexy Beast, One Week / Buster Keaton, Warm Nights On A Slow Moving Train, Downfall, She’s Gotta Have It, Sleuth, Flight Of The Phoenix, Delicatessen, Moon, Dead Calm, Clerks, Bound, Castaway, Lifeboat, Rear Window / Disturbia, Assault On Precinct 13, Loves Of A Blonde, In The Company Of Men, Wait Until Dark, The Art Of Negative Thinking, The Sunset Limited, Tape, Phone Booth, Paranormal Activity, Saw, Open Water, Devil, Rope, Psycho, Terminal, The Strangers, Diner Des Cons, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, 127 Hours, Misery, Blair Witch Project, Inherit The Wind, High Noon, Huis Clos, Exterminating Angel, Das Boot, The Phantom (they found a submarine and shot the film in it), Buried, Cube, Frozen (not the animated one), The Wild Hunt, Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, Return Of The Dead, The Haunting, House On Haunted Hill, And Then There Were None, Strangers On A Train, 20th Century, Simon Of The Desert, Baby Doll, Mall Rats, The Panic Room, Witness For The Prosecution, Braked, 1408, Obsession, Dogville, Come Back To The Five And Dime Jimmy Dean, Vacancy, Open Water, La Nide, Two Girls And A Guy, Alien, Last Train To Freo, Telephone, Night Of The Iguana, The Shining, Texas Chainsaw Massacre!, The Postman Always Rings Twice, El Hombre De Al Lado

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  1. John

    Mr. Akers,

    What’s your thoughts on ellipses in scene description? I noticed in the script for Nightcrawler it was used all over the place. But I’ve been told it causes the description to be paced poorly and hurts your ability to effectively communicate intended shots.

    Thank you!

    • yourscreenplaysucks

      John,

      I’d probably have to see the actual pages, but ellipses can work well. I’d guess that you can have too much of a good thing, and “all over the place” doesn’t sound great. How did it read to you? Did it make an image in your head or not? If it worked for you, then it’s probably a good technique.

      Will

      • John

        I thought they worked well too. I liked it as a unique style, but I was recently told from a contest coverage to not use ellipses to break up separate shots while keeping them on the same line of description. Maybe I need to just tweak it a bit, but it’s the first time it was ever pointed out to me. I always felt it helped make the script read faster.

  2. yourscreenplaysucks

    I have crammed a lot of “shots” into a short space like this, which I stole from the script for DAS BOOT.

    INT. GALLEY / ENGINE ROOM / BRIDGE

    Potatoes fall to the floor.

    The Ghost pushes for more power.

    The Captain, unruffled, plots the course.

    *

    Takes up less room than three slug lines, but separates the action into separate lines. But the ellipses thing sounds okay to me… have you seen it in any other scripts?

    Will

    • John

      gointothestory.blcklst.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/NIGHTCRAWLER-Dan-Gilroy.pdf

      I’ve seen it a lot in comedy specs that have sold in recent years. Not to the extent of the entire script as seen in Nightcrawler though. It might be a case of using it too much, but it’s hard to say for sure. I used it mostly to separate action lines as shown in the script link above. I thought it read faster this way and allowed you to remove lots of fluff words. (Then, that, and etc.)

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