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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.
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.
"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."
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
"Beowulf" is a 2007 animated film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is loosely based on the Old English poem of the same name featuring the hero Beowulf, who slays the monster Grendel, Grendel's mother and another monster. The film uses performance motion capture techniques to create realistic facial animations for its characters. It was received to above average reviews but made only $46 million more than its production 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.
"Transmorphers: Fall of Man" is a 2009 direct-to-DVD science fiction film and prequel to 2007's direct-to-DVD film "Transmorphers." The film was produced by The Asylum, a company known for making low-budget knockoffs of current blockbusters, which have been dubbed "mockbusters." "Fall of Man" was most likely made to capitalize on the success of 2009's mainstream film "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." "Fall of Man" is available on DVD or Blu-ray.
Directed in 2000 by David McNally and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "Pearl Harbor"), "Coyote Ugly" is a story about Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo), a young, aspiring songwriter who gets her first New York City job at the rowdy, bartop-dancing Cowboy Ugly bar. The role landed Perabo nominations for an MTV Music Award and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance and Favorite Female Newcomer, respectively.
Rosa Parks made history in 1955 when she sat in the "whites only" section of a bus in Alabama and refused to give up her seat to a white person. The incident sparked a national outcry regarding civil rights that is considered pivotal in the African-American movement for equality in the United States. "Boycott" is a 2001 television film from HBO that highlighted this struggle.
"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.
"Two Weeks Notice" is a Warner Brothers romantic comedy released for the 2002 Christmas feel-good season. It partners Hugh Grant with Sandra Bullock and is set in New York City. A backdrop of well-observed minor characters embody the vulpine, amoral avarice fueling much real estate speculation, while the leads humanize the industry's often shadowy figures, finding movie-believable redemption in weaknesses that would actually destroy their successful careers.
Movies are a visual medium that communicates with action, scenery, words and sounds. A movie transcript contains only one element from a movie -- the dialogue. It is not the same thing as a movie screenplay, which is used to make a movie. A transcript is constructed after the movie itself is already completed.