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A shooting script is the final version of a screenplay and the basic building block for movies and television shows. Without a screenplay, actors do not have lines, directors do not have locations and the art department does not know what to build. Because each element of a screenplay is important in successfully making a movie or show, your screenplay should follow the established writing format. This format is designed to make each element of the screenplay easy to find and identify.
"Trucker" is an independent film that was released in 2008. The film was distributed by Plum Pictures after being written and directed by James Mottern. "Trucker" is a contemporary example of a low-budget film, as the entire enterprise reportedly cost somewhere between $1.5 and $2 million. The low cost of "Trucker" definitely turned out to be a bonus, as the film wound up grossing just over $50,000.
"FernGully: The Last Rainforest," sometimes referred to as only "FernGully," is an animated film released in 1992. The Australian-American movie is about fairies working to save their homeland from destruction by humans. "FernGully" is a family film, complete with humor, action, and adventure.
The 2009 movie "Splice" is a science fiction/horror film that depicts the dangers of genetic engineering and the horrors that can occur whenever human beings try to control something that can not be controlled. "Splice" is both thought-provoking and terrifying, and it received a great deal of critical attention and approval. However, the movie was a bit of a disappointment at the box office.
"Kiss Me Again" is a 2006 film directed by William Tyler Smith that stars Jeremy London as Julian and Katheryn Winnick as his wife, Chalice. Julian and Chalice have a generally happy marriage, but that begins to change when Julian starts having feelings for one of his college students, Elena, played by Mirelly Taylor.
"Shiloh" is a movie released in 1996 by Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on a novel from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, this movie follows the adventures of a beagle as it tries to escape from an abusive owner. This family-friendly drama spawned two sequels, "Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season" and "Saving Shiloh."
"Bringing Up Bobby," a 2009 movie from brothers Chris and Nick Staron, centers on the dysfunctional Wyler family as its members struggle to find their place in the world. The Christian comedy targets an underserved market and has received high marks for being both funny and family-friendly. "Bringing Up Bobby" also examines some serious issues, including the pain of being a teenager, the question of faith, and formation of a family.
"Swing Vote" was released in the summer of 2008. This film stars Kevin Costner and features other popular actors including Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci and George Lopez. It was rated PG-13 and has a running time of two hours. "Swing Vote" was not very popular with critics and audiences, earning just over $16 million despite its $21 million budget.
"Anything But Love" is an independent film from Intrinsic Value Films and Jubilee Productions. This musical romance movie originally was released in theaters in 2003. The film tells the story about a love triangle involving a corporate lawyer and a cabaret singer.
"Green Zone" is a 2010 film starring Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting," "Invictus"). This action drama, set in Iraq, was directed by Paul Greengrass ("United 93," "The Bourne Ultimatum"). It is loosely based on the non-fiction book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone" by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
Following up the success of its "High School Musical" movies, Disney returned to high school for the 2011 theatrical feature, "Prom." The story follows the ups and downs of several students as their high school prom approaches and they contend, not just with the pressure of finding a date for the dance, but with myriad other challenges, including disapproving parents, conflicting relationships, jealousy, college plans and more. The movie opened in April 2011, just in time for prom season.
The movie "Gone" is a 2007 film produced and released in the United Kingdom. This psychological thriller is rated "R" for nudity and violence. The movie did not receive good reviews, and it has an average rating of 5.4 out of 10 stars on Internet Movie Database.com. Stylus gave the movie a "D" rating for predictability and multiple plot holes.
"New in Town" is a romantic comedy starring crooner-turned-actor Harry Connick Jr. and Academy Award-winner Renee Zellweger. Filmed in Miami, Los Angeles and Canada, the film tracks the personal journey of Zellweger's character as she reassesses her lifestyle and values. At the end of "New in Town," the main character is a changed woman who realizes that something very important missing in her life has been found in the most unlikely of places.
Walt Disney's live-action production of "Treasure Island" was released in 1950. Due to its carefully woven storyline, convincing acting and solid cinematography, the film was well received. Sadly, like many of Disney's old live-action movies, it is largely unknown among contemporary audiences. If you want to watch a fun, exciting movie from days gone by, Disney's "Treasure Island" is an excellent choice.
John Cameron Mitchell directed "Rabbit Hole," a 2010 drama based on David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-prize winning play of the same name. Lindsay-Abaire also penned the movie's script. This movie stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as Becca and Howie Corbett, a married couple coming to terms with the loss of their 4-year old son, who died before the events of the movie.
"Catfish" is a movie released in 2010 by Universal Pictures, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. It follows Nev Schulman as he forms a long-distance relationship via Facebook and other social media with Megan, a dancer and songwriter in Gladstone, Mich. It was received very well, but there are questions as to whether it is an authentic documentary.
The movie, "Dorian Gray" is based on the novelette "Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. Both movie and book fall into the literary category known as allegory -- a story which is an analogy for a life process and usually has some sort of moral. It can also be classified as "anti-transcendentalist" or even "Gothic," types of literature that focus on man's humanity, his moral faults and his ability to indulge in extreme depravity.
"Silent Light" is a 2007 drama directed by Carlos Reygadas. The film explores the psyche of a religious married man in a Mennonite community who must battle his desire for another woman. It received several accolades at film festivals, and most of the dialogue is in Plautdietsch, a Russian dialect.
"Corpse Bride," directed by Tim Burton, is a stop-motion animated journey into the world of the dead. Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp), is betrothed to Victoria. But he accidentally becomes married to Emily, a dead woman (voice of Helena Bonham Carter). She has waited for her true love to free her soul. Victor, who's in love with Victoria, is not content to stay in the world of the dead, and he must find a way to free himself of his bride.
"Baler" is a 2008 drama that premiered at the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival. The film focuses on a romance that develops between a Spanish soldier and a Filipina during the siege of Baler, which lasted from October 1898 to June 1899 during the Philippine Revolution.