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Stage versus Screen

June 1, 2017

Many writers work in multiple mediums, but there are differences in writing for film, television, and the theater. This month I decided to explore the work of two writers who have written for both the stage and screen and compare and contrast their work in the different forms.

 

Best known for his dark comedic plays, Martin McDonagh has also written (and directed) films. I'll be looking at his play A Behanding in Spokane and screenplay Seven Psychopaths.

 

Elizabeth Meriwether is probably best known for creating the quirky television show New Girl, but, prior to that, she wrote many plays. In addition to the pilot of New Girl, I'm also going to read 90 Days, a short play that premiered in 2008.

 

I hope you'll read along!

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Writing for film, television, and the stage is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult - and most rewarding - art forms. The language needs to be visual and evocative as each script must achieve two important tasks...
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