Die Hard

Behind the Lines with DR: Die Hard Doug Meets Don Simpson

Before Jerry Bruckheimer became the stand-alone superstar brand he is today, he was partnered in another superstar brand known as Simpson-Bruckheimer Films. The late Don Simpson and Jerry go way back. The former roommates came up through the trenches together and eventually produced a crazy string of culture-changing hits—from Flashdance to...

Specs & The City: Action Scenes and ‘Die Hard’

As regular readers know, my goal with this column is to help give concrete examples from films you know (or should know) that help illustrate screenwriting advice. If you can see it in action in a film you know, then it will be easier for you to apply it to your...

Meet the Reader: Ten Great Christmas Movies

It’s Christmas – time for friends and family and presents and colored lights and trees and tinsel and, if you’re lucky, a little bit of magic, especially at the movies, which have frequently found inspiration in the fantasy and emotion of this special day. It’s usually a busy time, but if...

Using SAVE THE CAT’s Ten “Genres”

SAVE THE CAT has redefined how Erik Bork looks at types of movie stories, in a way that he thinks can be really helpful to writers. He believes Blake Snyder's “genres” speak to the main question professional readers are asking: “Is the main character’s problem (and plan) big, compelling, and entertaining...