Alex Ross

Grease Is the Word’: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon

The Introduction Grease’s blockbuster status completed the long learning curve of making box office giants out of musicals that began after studio executives scrambled to repeat the success of The Sound of Music in 1965. It was a period marked primarily with expensive productions that were then rolled out as spectacles in road-showing with higher-than-normal …

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Film School or Not?

I recently did an MA in creative writing and must say that it was a significant waste of time. 90% of the feedback was from other students who knew as little or less about writing as I did. I also taught screenwriting at various colleges over the years and found that the colleagues who had …

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Best Screenwriting Books?

Over the last twenty years, the two titles that have most often been mentioned in producers’ offices and studio meetings have been: Robert McKee’s STORY and Linda Seger’s HOW TO MAKE A GOOD SCRIPT GREAT. If you are going to use one of the books, you might as well use one that the people you …

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Test Your Script

Questions production companies & studios, publishers and agencies will ask of your script, novel, play, article or short-story: (Taken from the confidential studio instruction manual given to executives and readers). THE COMMENT The “comment” is that portion of the coverage in which the reader gives a critical appraisal of the material. Comments usually run from …

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Creative Decision Making within the Contemporary Hollywood Studio System by Dr. Alex Ross

This is an article I wrote for the prestigious Journal of Screenwriting that was peer-reviewed, in other words, subjected to intense scrutiny by some of the leading people in the field to ensure that the content is AAA. Creative decision-making within the contemporary Hollywood studio System by Dr. Alex Ross This article seeks to contribute …

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Why William Goldman Was Wrong

Why William Goldman Was Wrong: The Studios Always Make Money As a starting point, this article examines the New Hollywood period between 1966 and 1985, when audiences were increasingly being drawn to television, and studios were struggling to tap into the period’s complex zeitgeist. Hollywood films such as The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967), Bonnie and …

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