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Title: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: cinemanarchist on December 19, 2010, 11:52:25 AM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2010/12/the-2010-black-list.html (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2010/12/the-2010-black-list.html)

I know as the list has gotten more widely publicized the effectiveness of what it was created to do has been diminished greatly. I still like seeing what's out there and wonder if any of you are aware of where to find these online? We could also use this topic to discuss these scripts and future lists.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: Reelist on December 19, 2010, 12:08:35 PM
just reading through the synopses I can see why they haven't been produced.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: ono on December 19, 2014, 12:14:50 PM
Black List 2014

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B98ZdIxoETG5UWNwOWZhV1N6Uk0&usp=drive_web#list

Read Swimsuit Issue.  Was okay.  Clean.  I can see why it got some attention, though IMO, it was slight.  Gonna be reading a lot more.  A great resource, I think, for understanding what makes a good script -- more than any screenwriting book, anyway.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: max from fearless on December 19, 2014, 01:33:17 PM
Thanks so much for sharing. The new Kenneth Lonergan script is in there!!!
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: jenkins on December 19, 2014, 01:35:07 PM
A great resource, I think, for understanding what makes a good script -- more than any screenwriting book, anyway.

oh yeah, agreed. i mean simply by virtue of it being a list of full scripts written by different types of people. i like the range. i like reading some only for the dialogue, like actors now and then do. i can register the character personalities they're building, the tones they're aiming for, and things like that. it's interesting that some of the prose is meant to convey a cinematic perspective, 'cause that's tricky, sharing cinema in prose is a bit like sharing emotion in prose, in that it doesn't always mean to the reader what it meant to the writer. i'm happy to see typos. god bless us all

impressed by how dodge's title page has some art action. it's the only one i've seen like that, mention if there's another, because for trying at all it's been my favorite title page

and idk man, there's some real fire to situation comedy. like there's a bit of fire in my soul too, when i read it, because i can imagine i wrote it. what is that written by "cat vasko" business, is that real? meohmy, every day i dream of being named cat. i like it so much i'm going to quote it, and thanks bunches for providing the link, great find

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INT. TV SCREEN - EXTREME CLOSE UP

A pinpoint of light expands into abstract, pixelated colors. Scenes from old sitcoms move across the screen, SHIFTING and SNAPPING as if controlled by a remote, while CLEMENCE JANIKOWSKI, 29, speaks. Slurring a bit but on a roll.

CLEMENCE (V.O.)
The thing is that the problems I have aren’t cute. They’re not, like, you know, I have a degrading job but my boss is hilarious,
or I meet the perfect guy online but he turns out to be sixteen or married or a libertarian or whatever.

We hear the THWOP of a cork emerging from a bottle, then wine POURING AND SPLASHING -- a lot of it. This girl is drunk.

CLEMENCE (V.O.)
But you know what I always loved most about sitcoms?

We’re slowly closing in on the screen. Colors stretch and warp, become meaningless pointillism.

CLEMENCE (V.O.)
When you knew one of the actors had, like, a drug addiction or an eating disorder or whatever.
Like she’d start to get really skeletal and look like she was about two minutes from death. I loved that.

We pull away again to reveal

INT. RESTAURANT - EVENING - CONTINUOUS

Clemence, a plain-looking dishwater blonde, sits across a table from her date, an appalled and baffled CUTE NERD. She empties the last of a bottle of wine into her glass.

CUTE NERD
Why would you love something like that? That’s horrible.

CLEMENCE
Hello? Have you even been listening to me?

CUTE NERD
Yes.

CLEMENCE
I loved it because the minute she walked on the set it didn’t matter. All her problems were cute again.
What happened to all the wine?

CUTE NERD
You drank it.

CLEMENCE
You did.

CUTE NERD
No, you did.

She glances around, embarrassed, as if he’s causing a scene.

CLEMENCE
You’re making this really awkward.

and if you like that, it only keeps going btw --

CLEMENCE
Why do you look like Waldo?

[unrelated:]

NATHAN (CONT’D) It’s tribal. The tribe being
Florida trailer trash.

[unrelated:]

Nathan and Annie re-emerge. Nathan, shamefaced, is holding a huge orange cat in his arms.

ANNIE
How long has this thing been here?

NATHAN
Relax. It’s not a gremlin.

[unrelated:]

ANNIE
It’s. On. My. Pillow.

[me again:]
it's my favorite so far, after i've clicked and sampled like four of them. just go ahead and call me Mr. Expert
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: ono on December 19, 2014, 03:21:22 PM
To guide your reading, this list of all scripts with 20 or more mentions might help you:

Code: [Select]
NAMES TITLE MENTIONS
Kristina Lauren Anderson CATHERINE THE GREAT 51
Adam Morrison ROCKINGHAM 38
Randall Green THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE 35
Brian Duffield THE BABYSITTER 34
John Patton Ford ROTHCHILD 32
Dwain Worrell THE WALL 30
Kieran Fitzgerald THE CASCADE 25
Cat Vasko SITUATION COMEDY 24
Krysty Wilson-Cairns AETHER 24
Noga Landau TAU 23
Title: 2015 Black List
Post by: ono on December 14, 2015, 08:46:12 PM
https://ed1055efa47d74815ce0-826e8a392aaf48b70eb85d8703df9872.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/2015_black_list.pdf

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BybNvm-CX6dkSEVxWG83dHlzanc&usp=sharing#list
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: Garam on December 15, 2015, 04:07:53 AM
'Bubbles'

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A baby chimp is adopted by the pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.

Please God let this happen

This is crazy too, i'd never heard of this case;

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TRUE FAN
John Whittington

After interfering with a foul ball during a Chicago Cubs playoff game, Steve Bartman was tortured and
stalked by die hard Cub fans for potentially costing them their first National League pennant since 1945.
Years later, in a new town with a new identity—but depressed, overweight and working a dead end job—
Steve meets a woman who gives him a new lease on life and reason to live.

Goddamn hardcore sports fans are psychotic arseholes.

Poor title though. Should be called 'Do the Bartman'

(yes i am making that joke 12 years after it happened, come on - it's a great gag!)
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: WorldForgot on July 20, 2017, 05:23:22 PM
'Bubbles'

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A baby chimp is adopted by the pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.

Please God let this happen


Netflix wants it to, I think.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: Sleepless on July 21, 2017, 09:01:16 AM
'Bubbles'

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A baby chimp is adopted by the pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.

Please God let this happen


Netflix wants it to, I think.

Netflix Landing ‘Bubbles’, Film About Michael Jackson’s Chimpanzee Companion – Cannes (http://deadline.com/2017/05/bubbles-michael-jackson-chimpanzee-movie-netflix-cannes-film-festival-1202096715/)

Oscar nominated director Taika Waititi (Two Cars, One Night and Thor: Ragnarok) is set to co-direct the stop-motion animated film with Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox).
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: ono on December 12, 2017, 09:55:52 AM
2017 Black List (https://ed1055efa47d74815ce0-826e8a392aaf48b70eb85d8703df9872.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/2017_black_list.pdf)

And my thoughts:

Pass on Ruin, Let Her Speak, Keeper of the Diary, Where I End, When Lightning Strikes.  Breaking News in Yuba County sounds like a ripoff of Morvern Callar.  Meh to Sleep Well Tonight and The Great Nothing.  When In Doubt, Seduce -- what?  Yawn to The Expansion Project.  Meh to Newsflash and V.I.N.  Ugh to Come As You Are.  Yawn to Hughes.  Meh to The Mother and Ruthless.  Really?  One Thousand Paper Cranes might be something in the hands of the right director.  Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know sounds dumb, as does Valedictorian.  Been ages since I've seen Election, but this seems like a more extreme version of that.  I was with the logline until I read the words, "even murder."  Just dumb.

Meh to Power.  When I read the words drug dealer or assassin in these things my brain immediately shuts off.  Meh to Arc of Justice.  Meh to Kate.  Key of Genius wants to be Whiplash which I refuse to see because I won't support abuse as a viable teaching technique.  La La Land was great, Chazelle, but that don't mean your earlier shit don't stink.  It do.  But I digress.  The Man from Tomorrow -- meh.  A pox on biopics.  It's rare that they transcend.  Ballerina sounds dumb.  I shut off my mind when I read Navy SEAL too.  The Kingbreaker -- really?  And I shut off my brain when I read Nazis, too.  No thanks, Liberation.

Things I'd like to read: Yes please to stuff like Daddio, Jellyfish Summer, Brosio, and Don't Be Evil.  Escape From the North Pole could be fun, as could Fubar.  If only Robin Williams were alive.  I like the sound of Infinite.  Kill Shelter could be good, too.  Moxie sounds fun.  Escape could be fun, but it's been done so many times.  Gadabout is interesting.  Innocent Monsters -- yay reflexive stuff, but after Adaptation, who knows if anything can compare.  The Other Lamb could be interesting.

Granted, of course, I have no way of knowing if any of these things are actually good.  Obviously just shooting from the hip based on what interests me in a log line.  I stopped on page 18 of 32.  Maybe once some scripts start to leak or there's some data of how many mentions each of these really got, I'll go back and see which ones are really worth checking out.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: ono on December 12, 2017, 10:50:33 PM
Get 'em while they're hot! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jS4mKHouACLMvp1W7P1KqSTjnH-URAlw
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: jenkins on December 12, 2017, 11:03:45 PM
thanks for always being on this ono
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: ono on December 25, 2017, 06:53:56 PM
It's a weird feeling reading a script from a list like this that got made.  Well, that happened.  A couple years ago, I read The Babysitter.  It's on Netflix now.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: max from fearless on January 01, 2018, 04:03:41 PM
Thank you so much!!!!
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: KJ on January 02, 2018, 04:31:46 AM
I haven't paid much attention to this list before, but decided to read Daddio by Christy Hall this morning and thought it was really, really good.

A passenger and her cab driver reminisce about their relationships on the way from the airport to her apartment in New York.

from the first page:

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NOTE TO READER

In 2015, quintessential New York City cab companies were
begrudgingly partnered with UBER for a short time, allowing an
option for what was called an "UberT."

The alliance quickly dissolved, however, as cabs refused to
actually be paid through the app itself. After a great deal of
legal push back on both sides, UBER deleted the UberT option and
yellow cabs launched out, creating their own smart phone
application.

Unfortunately, as cabs were busy clinging to their antiquated
business model, their competition grew drastically with the
addition of VIA, JUNO, and LYFT, among others.

Yet, it won't stop there. One day soon, car services will solely
invest in vehicles that are self-driven.

The unique experience of chatting with a New York City yellow
cabbie is truly about to go the way of the dinosaur, making this
film a very purposeful and passionate time capsule of sorts.

Please keep this in mind as you read.

apart from the great dialogue and characters, what really makes it such a enjoyable read is how beautifully it describes things:

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Lifting away from the yellow cab to more of a GOD’S EYE
VIEW, the awe and wonder of urban living becomes evident
through the beauty and poetry of light.

From high above, the many roadways, highways and freeways
that lead to the island of Manhattan look more like
bright veins pumping bioluminescent yellow and red life
to and from the heart of an other worldly creature - the
city itself possessing a heartbeat, a beacon of
shimmering hope in the permeating darkness that surrounds
it.

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INT. NYC YELLOW CAB, BACK SEAT - NIGHT (CONTINUOUS)

Red and blue, red and blue, pounds upon Girlie’s pensive,
porcelain, a direct competition against the bright yellow
headlights that aggressively backlight this beauty from
behind.


All is still. Too still.


All is quiet. Too quiet.


Girlie watches as Clark secures his soda back in the cup
holder and begins to play percussion on the steering
wheel again - unable to sit still.


As his thumbs TAP to the rhythm of some song stuck in his
head, Girlie’s gaze falls to her backpack.

The BEAT of the driver’s thumbs crescendoes in Girlie’s
mind as that wave of fierce addiction washes over her
again.


TAP, TAP, TAP - goes the “drums.”


Her fingers twitch.


She softly bites her bottom lip.


TAP, TAP, TAP.


Suddenly, Clark itches at the back of his neck in
frustration.


SCRATCH, SCRATCH, SCRATCH.


Girlie watches as a small flake of dandruff falls from
Clark’s short hair in slow motion.


Her face turns very curious by this bright white fleck,
as pure as snow, as it innocently floats within the
pulsing red and blue lights, until it softly falls upon
the broad shoulders of Clark’s cotton t-shirt.


Something about it proves perfectly imperfect.

A small glimpse of humanity.


The poetry found within our flaws.


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When no reply comes, Clark TURNS HIS HEAD FOR THE FIRST
TIME, engaging in a real human connection - a moment in
time, capsulated in slow motion - advancing these two
souls far beyond mere reflections in a rear-view mirror.

The cab suddenly ceases to be “front seat” and “back
seat.”

Somehow this place, this metal cage, has emotionally
expanded.

And you can feel it.

It’s in the air.

It’s in the light.

It’s in the shared silence.

"The poetry found within our flaws." also sums up the script for me, because it's all about two very flawed characters who are sitting in a taxi and trying to figure each other out - and even though I kind of disliked them sometimes, it's also what made me connect and feel for them.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: ono on January 02, 2018, 10:44:00 AM
I don't know... it reads nice, but in the past when I've put flowery description into a script, the feedback I inevitably get is, "are you writing a novel?"  So, I'm hesitant to do that, and keep things like a blueprint when possible.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: KJ on January 02, 2018, 01:26:21 PM
yeah, I know you shouldn't do it, but I think it works because it doesn't happen often and when it does it's just emphasize the importance of that moment.  but I dunno, it's a balancing act like everything else, and I guess this part (for example) could work like this too:

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I guess this could work like this too, and still
Girlie watches as a small flake of dandruff falls from
Clark’s short hair in slow motion.


Her face turns very curious by this bright white fleck,
as pure as snow,
as it innocently floats within the
pulsing red and blue lights, until it softly falls upon
the broad shoulders of Clark’s cotton t-shirt.


Something about it proves perfectly imperfect.

A small glimpse of humanity.


The poetry found within our flaws.


if you watched that moment in the film the last three lines wouldn't matter anyway, but maybe some directors would have preferred the first version, because they would get a better understanding of what the writer where getting at. I don't know though, I keep reading scripts that is breaking a lot of "rules", and I guess you shouldn't break them too just because other people do it. it's good despite this though, so you should read it.

do you recommend anything from the list?
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: ono on January 02, 2018, 02:29:11 PM
do you recommend anything from the list?
Not yet.  Haven't actually had a chance to read anything from it yet.  I will definitely post here when I do.  Been focused on writing for once, and actually finished a short script the other day.  So I'm happy about that.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: WorldForgot on January 03, 2018, 12:28:01 AM
do you recommend anything from the list?
Been focused on writing for once, and actually finished a short script the other day.  So I'm happy about that.

Congrats!
Hardly a better feeling than finishing a draft.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: KJ on January 03, 2018, 07:14:11 AM
I read 8 pages of Ler Her Speak (the abortion movie), thinking it was the J.K Rowlings one. I was like "this got dark very fast. I wonder if J.K is supposed to be one of the kids she's trying to intoxicate in the garage? why are they in Texas?"

then I began reading the right one and this is more like it:
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She approaches TWO MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN sharing a paper bag of
chips (that's french fries, you Yankee wanker).

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DAVID BECKHAM clutches an ENERGY DRINK on the page of a
glossy advertisement. He smiles at us, his foot resting on
top of a FOOTBALL (that's a soccer ball, you American
tosser).
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: KJ on January 03, 2018, 08:04:04 AM
so this is basically just a script about J.K walking around with a notebook, and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to feel reading this? "oh, the boat she's traveling on now is called luna! look, the water strain in the ceiling looks like an owl! and her ex boss is actually snape???? it all make sense! it's like Harry Potter but in real life!!!"
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: Drenk on January 03, 2018, 08:57:34 AM
What's the title of the J.K Rowling script?
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: KJ on January 03, 2018, 09:00:14 AM
When Lightning Strikes
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: Drenk on January 03, 2018, 09:05:24 AM
When Lightning Strikes

Oh, God, it begins with a kid saying Avada Kedavra.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: KJ on January 03, 2018, 09:08:43 AM
the 30 first pages is like that, then there's a cliché Portuguese love story for the next 30. maybe it gets better, I don't know..
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: KJ on January 03, 2018, 11:55:25 AM
ok, so I didn't know she went through all that, and that might be interesting for some fans, but the overall story wasn't strong enough. sometimes it felt like the writer just wanted to throw in as many references to Harry Potter as possible (the script actually ends with a Did-you-catch-all-the-reference checklist), and there were few times the references felt relevant. it got better in the second half though and when she was depressed the references actually made sense to the story, like when she's telling her psychiatrist that she feels like there's something sucking every happy moment out of her, or when she sees her dead mother in a reflection... I guess it could be a fun read for die hard fans, but otherwise it's pretty uninteresting. just a standard script about a struggling author.

I agree with this review (http://scriptshadow.net/screenplay-review-when-lightning-strikes/) and thought this was a nice quote:
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With that said, When Lightning Strikes gives us plenty to think about as writers, starting with the title. “When Lightning Strikes.” Is that all zeitgeist novels and films are? Lightning in a bottle? Are our digital documents evenly weighted lottery tickets and nothing more? I don’t think so. I believe that you can align the variables (clever concept, marketable premise, practice practice practice) so that the storm forms around you, increasing the chances that the lightning will strike nearby.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: KJ on January 05, 2018, 04:36:37 AM
looking through the old blacklists. this sound, well, ambitions

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IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
Colby Day
Explores the entire history of the universe and our species through three interwoven storylines that question the very nature of life, love, mortality, where we’ve been, and where we’re going; the past, present, and future of the human race.
AGENCY: WME
AGENT: Mike Fera
MANAGEMENT: LBI
MANAGER: Harry Lengsfield
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: wilder on January 05, 2018, 04:41:53 AM
Things from the 2017 Black List loglines I never want to see in movies ever again

-Assassins
-Biopics
-“Changing the course of human history”
-The CIA
-Comas
-Drug smuggling 
-The Mafia
-The CIA
-Multiple personality disorder as a plot engine
-Murder as a plot engine
-A “new appreciation for life” as a climax
-"One last assignment"
-Serial killers
-Terminal illness used as a plot device
-True stories
-The CIA

Edit - oh, ono had this covered (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=11387.msg350964#msg350964)
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: KJ on January 05, 2018, 04:55:03 AM
you'll love this one from the 2016 list:

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NORTHEAST KINGDOM
Alex R. Johnson
When Angie witnesses the betrayal and murder of her father during a smuggler’s drop, the vigilant and determined young woman calls in the help of a mysterious female assassin to seek revenge against all those responsible.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: wilder on January 05, 2018, 04:58:37 AM
this one's a winner too

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RUTHLESS
John Swetnam
After she is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, a former assassin must carry out one last assignment in order to ensure her daughter’s future.
Title: Re: The Black List (Scripts)
Post by: ono on January 05, 2018, 08:39:07 AM
Things from the 2017 Black List loglines I never want to see in movies ever again

-Assassins
-Biopics
-“Changing the course of human history”
-The CIA
-Comas
-Drug smuggling 
-The Mafia
-The CIA
-Multiple personality disorder as a plot engine
-Murder as a plot engine
-A “new appreciation for life” as a climax
-"One last assignment"
-Serial killers
-Terminal illness used as a plot device
-True stories
-The CIA

Edit - oh, ono had this covered (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=11387.msg350964#msg350964)
Yes, but your list sums it up oh so succinctly!  :yabbse-thumbup:

I haven't used that emoticon in beards.  I missed it.

The thing is, most people are simple, so I get why they like those things and why most writers put them in movies.  The Black List is all encompassing, and not exactly "artsy".  So it's a challenge to find "good" stuff in there.