Beyond the Screenplay

Beyond the Screenplay

By Michael Tucker
“Lessons from the Screenplay” creator Michael Tucker and the LFTS team do deeper dives into the storytelling of individual movies and chat with the creatives behind those films.
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Episode 13: Screenwriter John August (Aladdin, Big Fish, Go)
The LFTS team chats with screenwriter John August about his writing process, his latest film, Aladdin, and his screenwriting software, Highland 2.5. John August Scriptnotes Podcast: https://johnaugust.com/scriptnotes Highland 2.5: https://quoteunquoteapps.com/highland-2/ Sponsor CuriosityStream: Get your first 31-days completely free if you sign up at https://curiositystream.com/screenplay and use the promo code ‘screenplay’ (all one word, lowercase, no quotes) during the sign-up process. Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay LFTS Merch: https://standard.tv/collections/lfts Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:03:30
June 28, 2019
Episode 12: Minority Report
The LFTS team discusses Steven Spielberg's take on film noir (is it actually a film noir?), explore the ways in which the film is such a great example of design fiction, and debate the morality of Precrime. Minority Report LFTS Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbMPjas_rRU Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay LFTS Merch: https://standard.tv/collections/lfts Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:37:57
June 14, 2019
Episode 11: Inside Out
The LFTS team discusses why the Bing Bong scene always makes people cry (and terrifies Michael), the importance of emotional authenticity for authors, and how Inside Out is an example of perfect story structure. Inside Out LFTS Video Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay LFTS Merch Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:13:52
May 31, 2019
Episode 10: Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame
The LFTS team discusses the unique storytelling challenge inherent in these movies and how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has affected our idea of what a film should be. Spider-Man: Homecoming LFTS Video: https://youtu.be/yXSW9JcQnik Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay LFTS Merch: https://standard.tv/collections/lfts Sponsor Start your 30-day trial  of Audible and get your first audiobook for free by going to http://audible.com/screenplay Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:16:50
May 10, 2019
Episode 9: Gone Girl
The LFTS team discusses how Gone Girl came to be the first video on the channel, how the film cleverly reveals its information to the audience, and the complexities of navigating political context and controversy. Gone Girl LFTS Video Beyond the Screenplay Patreon LFTS Merch Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:20:41
April 26, 2019
Episode 8: Adaptation
The LFTS team discusses the neurotic brilliance of the movie Adaptation, the process of creating our Adaptation short film, and all the reasons why writing is hard. Adaptation LFTS Video/Short Film: https://youtu.be/bsEkGGc5_OU Beyond the Screenplay Patreon Sponsor Start your 30-day trial  of Audible and get your first audiobook for free by going to http://audible.com/screenplay Show Notes Charlie Kaufman BAFTA Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRfXcWT_oFs Michael & Alex's Old Web Series: http://bit.ly/2P4BeOf Michael's film school "Adaptation-esque" project: http://bit.ly/2P3iyi9 Book References (w/Affiliate Links): Into the Woods by John Yorke Story by Robert McKee Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com http://bit.ly/2v1kw9m
1:29:52
April 12, 2019
Episode 7: Independence Day (feat. Lindsay Ellis)
The LFTS team chats with video essayist and writer Lindsay Ellis about Independence Day. We discuss her video comparing Independence Day with War of the Worlds, disaster movies in a post-9/11 world, and the challenges of making videos about film on YouTube. Lindsay Ellis's video Independence Day vs. War of the Worlds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KioF1sTQFtE LFTS Video on Independence Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gu8GQOJhdA Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay Lindsay Ellis: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/chezapoctube Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelindsayellis Hobbit Video Trilogy: The Hobbit: A Long-Expected Autopsy (Part 1/2) Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:10:48
March 29, 2019
Episode 6: The Silence of the Lambs
The LFTS team discusses how our videos can change dramatically as we develop them, the differences between the original screenplay for The Silence of the Lambs and the final film, and how the directorial choices elevated the movie beyond a normal thriller. The Silence of the Lambs LFTS Video: https://youtu.be/bgLSgFDMF1k Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay Sponsor Start your 30-day trial  of Audible and get your first audiobook for free by going to http://audible.com/screenplay Show Notes Every Frame a Painting video on The Silence of the Lambs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V-k-p4wzxg Book References (w/Affiliate Links): Into the Woods by John Yorke Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:16:00
March 8, 2019
Episode 5: Good Will Hunting
The LFTS team discusses the importance of considering the psychological journey of a character, the lengthy development process of Good Will Hunting, and the MPAA rating system. Good Will Hunting LFTS Video: https://youtu.be/bgLSgFDMF1k Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay Book References (w/Affiliate Links): Into the Woods by John Yorke Dan Harmon’s Story Circle Filmmakers mentioned: Gus Van Sant Michael Mann Barry Jenkins Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:13:44
March 1, 2019
Episode 4: Groundhog Day
The LFTS team discusses Groundhog Day (1993) and how it exploits its premise, the profound philosophy found within the story, and how to truly force a character to change. Groundhog Day LFTS Video: https://youtu.be/zSQZvAKfwvA Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay Book References (w/Affiliate Links): How to Write Groundhog Day by Danny Rubin: https://amzn.to/2X3qgMQ The Hidden Tools of Comedy by Steve Kaplan: https://amzn.to/2SyuNYc Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:06:24
February 15, 2019
Episode 3: Searching (feat. Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian)
The LFTS team interviews Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian, co-writers of Searching (2018), about how they took a traditional thriller story and adapted it to take place entirely on screens, their rigorous approach to collaboration and feedback, and the importance of dis-identifying with your work. Searching LFTS Episode: https://youtu.be/bVFHAvnfW1A Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay Sponsor: CuriosityStream: http://curiositystream.com/screenplay Movie References: Aneesh Chaganty's Google Glass short film "Seeds": https://youtu.be/nvo6ls7edUQ Find us on Social Media Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Aneesh Chaganty: https://twitter.com/aneeshchaganty Sev Ohanian: https://twitter.com/SevOhanian Produced by Vince Major (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:07:53
February 7, 2019
Episode 2: The Devil Wears Prada
The LFTS team discusses The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and how it efficiently sets up its story in the first ten pages, the long process most scripts go through to become great, and determine that casting Meryl Streep in your movie is a good idea. The Devil Wears Prada LFTS Video: https://youtu.be/-WgzNFEu61o The Devil Wears Prada Screenplay: https://johnaugust.com/Assets/DEVIL_WEARS_PRADA_Full_Script.pdf Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay Sponsor: CuriosityStream: http://curiositystream.com/screenplay Book References (w/Affiliate Links): The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider) Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:06:59
February 7, 2019
Episode 1: Shaun of the Dead
The LFTS team discusses Shaun of the Dead (2005) and how story should come from character, the similarities between horror and comedy, and the movies that scared us as kids. Shaun of the Dead LFTS Episode: https://youtu.be/mzqDiSr4jY4 Shaun of the Dead Screenplay: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0xmqwcfxa6xqm18/ShaunOfTheDead.pdf Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay Sponsor CuriosityStream: http://curiositystream.com/screenplay Book References (w/Affiliate Links): The Hidden Tools of Comedy by Steve Kaplan: https://amzn.to/2SyuNYc Bossypants by Tina Fey: https://amzn.to/2tbCmpt Screenplay by Syd Field: https://amzn.to/2WPak0n The Art of Fiction by Henry James: https://amzn.to/2BpIs9X Find us on Twitter Beyond the Screenplay: https://twitter.com/beyondthescreenplay Michael Tucker: https://twitter.com/michaeltuckerla Tricia Aurand: https://twitter.com/TriciaJeanA Brian Bitner: https://twitter.com/BrianBitner Alex Calleros: https://twitter.com/Alex_Calleros Produced by Vince Major: (https://twitter.com/VinceMajor) Edited by Eric Schneider: (https://twitter.com/ImEricSchneider)  Website: http://lessonsfromthescreenplay.com For Inquiries and Booking: Vince@Plusfortyseven.com
1:05:44
February 7, 2019
Trailer — Beyond the Screenplay
“Lessons from the Screenplay” creator Michael Tucker and the LFTS team do deeper dives into the storytelling of individual movies and chat with the creatives behind those films.
01:29
February 5, 2019
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