Richard Linklater’s films are a sort of challenge to the film industry. His willingness to depart from traditional techniques and narratives and to do so in such a radically independent way have established him as a perfect of example of what independent filmmaking could be. Linklater is a totally self-taught screenwriter, director and producer and has won numerous awards for his films including several Austin Film Awards. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay twice, as well as awards at Cannes film festival and Independent Spirit.
His career began with a $3,000 super 8 feature called It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books but his first real fame came in 1993 with Dazed and Confused which also helped launch the career of a young Matthew McConaughey. The film followed the exploits of young people dealing with disaffection and apathy which became a recurring, prominent theme in his work.
With Waking Life Linklater brought the idea of lucid dreaming into prominence, and developed a rotoscoped animation technique he would later perfect in, A Scanner Darkly. A few years later, he experienced some mainstream success with School of Rock. In 2011 he worked with Jack Black a second time in the para-documentary Bernie which featured stellar performances by a cast of non-actors who had actually experienced the events of the film. In 2013 he completed his “Before” trilogy with Before Midnight with Ethan Hawke reprising his role from Before Sunset and Before Sunrise.
Linklater’s strength as a writer comes from his ability to capture the essence of people like him: artistic, alternative and hip kids with something to prove. His legacy as a filmmaker serves as a powerful testament to the potential of independent film, and the proper ways to go about making them. Here are some of his best scripts.
Alejandro González Iñárritu may not be a filmmaker readily known by mainstream Hollywood audiences, but this Mexican-borne director has had the opportunity of working with some of America’s biggest stars.
From Sean Penn, Benicio del Torro, Brad Pitt to Cate Blanchett, Iñárritu has proven time and time again that he is more than capable of handling a strong measure of story, character and drama in a single film.
Check out his collection of feature length works below:
1. Biutiful Script (2010)
2. Babel Script (2006)
3. 21 Grams Script (for purchase) $ (2003)
4. Amores Perros Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2000)
Teachers have always been a favorite profession for characters in cinema, and classrooms their complimentary setting. Countless films have been based on the tried and tested formula of a teacher-classroom relationship, where the students also end up educating the teacher as much as he or she has.
Listed below are the Top 5 Teacher Movie Scripts that have turned regular classroom fair into cinematic classics.
1. Dead Poets Society Script (1989)
2. Mr. Holland’s Opus Script (1995)
3. To Sir With Love Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1967)
4. Dangerous Minds Script (1995)
5. Goodnight Mr. Chips Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1939)
With the reality television boom of the 1990s, it was only matter of time before Hollywood started churning out stories that tapped into our fascination with reality t.v. Ed TV (1999) and The Truman Show (1998) were films that were largely compared because of their milieu, but had stories that veered into completely different directions.
See just have different how different their scripts were by going through the links below:
1. Ed TV Script (1999)
2. The Truman Show Script (1998)
With only $7,000 in cash, Robert Rodriguez made a splash in the Sundance film festival with feature-length debut, El Mariachi (1992).
Close to twenty years later, Robert Rodriguez is now one of the most sought after, viscerally unique writer-directors in the industry. With an extensive filmography as surprising as his rise to fame, Rodriguez continues to capture and entertain audiences with a style as independent as his background.
Check out a list of his feature-length writing credentials below:
2. Shorts Script (2009)
4. Curandero Script (2005)
5. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D Script (2005)
8. Sky Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams Script (2002)