If you are a student of film or even a follower of it, reading a screenplay should be a habit for you. These pages transport you to other realms. These legendary scribes put character arcs balancing them with a proper structure which in the future, becomes a landmark film.
A director is the one who makes the film great with visuals, but a screenplay writer is the one who lays the base to make it. Below are some films with a great screenplay.
1. The Social Network
Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard undergrad, and computer programming whiz sits down at his computer on a fall night in 2003. He gets to work on a new concept. What begins in his dorm room as a flurry of blogging and programming quickly becomes a global social network and a communication revolution. Mark Zuckerberg is the world’s youngest billionaire, having amassed 500 million Facebook friends in just six years. However, for this entrepreneur, success brings with it both personal and legal issues.
2. Manchester By the Sea
Lee Chandler works as a handyman at a Boston apartment building and is a moody, angry loner. He receives a call on a drizzly winter day summoning him to his hometown, which is located north of the city. His brother’s heart stopped beating unexpectedly, and he has been appointed guardian of his 16-year-old nephew. His return to the past re-opens a terrible tragedy as if losing his only sister and misgivings about raising a teenager wasn’t enough.
3. 12 Years Slave
Solomon Northup, an Afro-American musician, is a free man in 1841, residing in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and children. Two men employ him for a two-week tour with their theatre group in Washington. Solomon, on the other hand, is kidnapped and sold as a slave in New Orleans under the name Platt. He works on the plantations for twelve years and is subjected to cruel treatment by his masters, until one day he encounters Canadian abolitionist Bass, who pledges to write a letter to his family.
After his wealthy friend begs him to falsify his credentials and take on the role of tutoring a wealthy adolescent girl so that no one will try to date her while he is away, the poor protagonist accepts the idea and joins the wealthy but naive family. He then connives his way into the family, dates his friend’s crush, and plots to get all of his relatives to work for them. When the owners go on vacation, the tenants move in and have a strange experience that transforms everyone’s lives.
Andrew Neiman enrolls in a prominent music conservatory. He sees the goal of becoming one of the best jazz drummers in the world. His drive is noted, and he is hand-picked and coached by Fletcher, the school’s senior instructor. Fletcher’s scary techniques will either make or break Andrew as an artist, Andrew realizes quickly.