Author Archives: William C. Martell

William C. Martell

About William C. Martell

William C. Martell has written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). He has been on some film festival juries, including Raindance in London (five times—once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright, plus 2009 and 2012 and in 2013 with Julian Assange and back in 2018). The late Roger Ebert discussed his work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. He’s quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book, "The Way Hollywood Tells It." His USA Net flick, Hard Evidence, was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA. In 2009 had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals. Recently wrote the remake of a hit 1980s horror flick for a minimajor, and should have a family film shooting in the USA later this year. He is the author of The Secrets of Action Screenwriting and can be reached at Scriptsecrets.net. Twitter: @wcmartell

Script Secrets: Set Pieces

Last year’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol restored the series to both box office and critical acclaim after the lows of #3 (which got the same rating on Rotten Tomatoes as #2… but made significantly less money, and was a full grade lower on the Cinemascore audience poll) and also proved Tom Cruise...