Anthony Horowitz on Adapting Stormbreaker For The Screen

Submitted by A Gent on Fri, 07/21/2006 - 16:00

Alex Pettyfer is quite a discovery, he really holds the screen playing Alex Rider doesn't he?

"If you look at the trailer, when the teacher says 'Alex Rider have you prepared something for us?' and he looks up and says 'yes sir', there is so much going on in that face at that little moment. It's the first moment in the film, I always used to say when we were on the set that the audience will love or hate it at that moment. That's when they'll decide if they're going to enjoy the film, when they first see the boy playing Alex Rider and the first thing he does.

Review: Screenplay Writing the Picture

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Tue, 04/27/2004 - 16:00

Robin Russin and William Missouri Downs begin their handbook on screenwriting for Hollywood with some sobering advice.

"There are no shortcuts... think long and hard before you commit yourself...only a tiny fraction of you (and your work) will make it".

Talent, good-writing and graft wont be sufficient to get that screenplay sold, let alone made, they point out. You'll also need patience, persistence, salesmanship and luck.

Auto Focus Exposes Family Strife

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Tue, 12/16/2003 - 14:26

Scotty Crane was feeling emotional the day he and his wife Michelle flew from their home in Seattle to Los Angeles last summer. He was there to watch a feature film about his father, who was brutally battered to death 24 years earlier, when Scotty was just seven years old.

Leaping The Fence Of Australia's Past

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Tue, 12/16/2003 - 10:33

It was a hot summer night in July 1999. Phillip Noyce was asleep at home in Los Angeles, where he had established himself as one of Hollywood’s top directors since emigrating from Australia years earlier. He had worked with Harrison Ford and was preparing for the premiere of The Bone Collector, a $50 million (50m dollars) thriller with Denzel Washington.

Adapting Material for the Screen

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 12/15/2003 - 16:00

It's often said that if you want to write for film you should start by writing a book. As much as 75% of all films made are adapted from books. You don't need to look far to see actual proof of this statistic: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the James Bond series, The Godfather, to name a few.

Stan Lee's Superheroes

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Wed, 09/24/2003 - 22:52

The father of Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men and other Marvel Comics super-heroes shares some insights into his life and creations.

"Thank-you, culture-lovers!" Stan Lee booms through the microphone, as he leaps on stage to applause and cheers at the Vancouver Film Festival Trade Forum (24 Sept 2003).

Sequel planned for Straw Dogs

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Sun, 09/01/2002 - 22:25

The author whose novel inspired one of the most controversial movies in cinema history has revealed he is to write a sequel. Gordon Williams has always hated what celebrated director Sam Peckinpah did to his story when making the notoriously violent film Straw Dogs. But after watching it again for the first time in 30 years, Williams has changed his mind and revealed he is plotting a shocking sequel, with plenty of murderous revenge.

Hart's War

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Tue, 05/21/2002 - 02:18

As Hart's War, starring Bruce Willis, brings a new spin on the World War II Prisoner-Of-War genre, Brian Pendreigh asks some of the original POWs whether their wartime experience resembled anything like we find in the movies.