FORYOUR CO N S I D E R AT I O N BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) Ryan Coogler FRUITVALE by Ry. Then along comes a successful film like Fruitvale Station (written and directed by Ryan Coogler) — the Grand Jury Prize-winner at the. Thanks to The Weinstein Company, you can now download the screenplays for Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

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The thing is, in the Bay Area, everyone goes over there for the fireworks. Where did you personally land on this issue when you piece together what you know about him? Fruitvale was boring, except for the last part where the main action happens. More from this Author. Today, we present two screenplays based on true stories that challenge us to examine our views on class and race. James Cameron once said that his goal with Titanic was to make viewers forget that the ship sank. People either love it or they hate it.

‘Fruitvale Station’ & ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Screenplays Available For Your Consideration

I got very quiet. Spielberg, the Coens and Tom Hanks. For example, was there a Katie character in real life? It was pretty regular stuff. He was a person.

Was it challenging to maintain suspense when telling a story with a well-known outcome? Did certain elements of the story have to go by the wayside? Among them, a staiton local resident named Oscar Grant.


That’s a major coup for the guy.

Or was that a found shot? About Andrew Bloomenthal Andrew Bloomenthal is a seasoned financial journalist, filmmaker and entertainment writer. It was just me, one of our picture editors, and one of the producers, and we went out to Treasure Island, which is right in the middle of Oakland in San Francisco, and we shot the actual fireworks in and cut that into the film.

Storytelling Strategies: Fruitvale Station vs. Blake Snyder

We had twenty days that were actually more like sixteen. Try spending the day with somebody. He served 11 months. Or was it both? That serendipity is interesting. In case you missed it in U. Indeed, both Coogler and Grant are African American males from the Bay area, born less than three months apart.

So I saw it as somewhat of a svreenplay in many ways. He wanted to please everybody. They were open to it, but they were very quiet and reserved at first. I figured if we could get that part right and give some truth to that, and get audiences to buy into that perspective, it could potentially speak to the larger things.

The pit bull is kind of like the Bay Area mascot. People have different opinions about him. For me it was both.

The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”)

Mehserle later claimed he went for his taser—a defense many found dubious—since Grant was unarmed with his hands behind him. Share your thoughts with us in the comments. But for me, when things get larger, I tend to shut down. However, readers and audiences do, so if writers are cognizant of how their storytelling choices affect the reader or viewer, they have an advantage in the game. Did you actually film fireworks? Once I talked to Sophina, his girlfriend, a lot of personal stuff started coming out.


In that way, their popularity is understandable, and for someone new to the craft, they have tremendous appeal as a shortcut to learning.

Grant and others were escorted onto the platform and forced to sit with their backs against the wall, at which time statioj allege Grant became uncooperative and was ordered to lay prone on the cement. It might be a family member, it could be a friend. These two books have been very popular, and to varying degrees a great many successful films can be analyzed in a way consistent with one or the other, or both.

I downloaded this script to save to read later. The Weinstein Company – Awards Tell me about the importance of that scene. The Masters of Indie on Mistress America. I will fruitvalf out your book. It adds to the tension.