IndieWire: 45 Genre Screenplays to Download For Free, From ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to ‘Goodfellas’. “The best way to learn the tricks of movie screenwriting is to read as many movie scripts as possible. Script Reader Pro made headlines last year for debuting 50 screenplays online for free, and now the team over at Shore Scripts has done the same by making 45 genre screenplays available for free online. Shore Scripts picked five scripts in nine different film genres to feature, which means you now have free access to films written by Stanley Kubrick, Tony Kushner, Rian Johnson, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey.”
New York University: NYU Fales Library Releases Flaherty Seminar Recordings, Unveiling Fifty Years of Cinematic History. “New York University’s Division of Libraries today announced the public release of more than 700 audio recordings from the Flaherty Seminar, the longest continuously running film event in North America, named in honor of seminal filmmaker and ‘father of documentary film’ Robert Flaherty. The annual event’s fifty-year history is captured through recordings of various activities and discussions, joining collections in the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives and the University Archives chronicling the evolution of the moving image in the 20th century. The Flaherty Seminar recordings are held within the special collections of NYU’s Fales Library.”
The Independent: How to shoot a film, or just better Instagram videos, on your iPhone. “Frederic van Strydonck is a filmmaker who shoots video exclusively with his iPhone. He’s been doing this for seven different models now and also runs workshops on filmmaking with smartphones.”
Lohud: Which films got tax breaks? Check the first national database . “How much in public tax breaks has gone to films and television shows across the nation? The USA Today Network in New York spent months canvassing all 34 states that have film-incentive programs, finding that they allocate $1.3 billion breaks to productions. Of the states with programs — and about 10 have dropped them in recent years because of concerns about their economic value — 29 states responded to our requests for how much each film and show received over the past five years.”
University of Washington-Seattle: Hooray for Hollywood? New tool reveals gender bias in movie scripts. “If, as Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” then the art of film has a lot to answer for when it comes to the perpetuation of gender stereotypes. Thanks to researchers in the Allen School’s Natural Language Processing research group, we now have a way to measure the sometimes subtle biases in how men and women are portrayed on the big screen — and increase our understanding of how language shapes our perception of gender roles…. [Yejin] Choi and her colleagues created an online database that enables researchers and members of the public to explore their findings for hundreds of popular films.”
New-to-me, from The Daily Bruin: Alumnus’ site helps filmmakers of all creeds find shoot locations. “Wrapal is an online platform that connects filmmakers searching for film locations with property owners willing to rent their properties to filmmakers. There are more than 1,300 residential, commercial and industrial properties in Los Angeles and about 215 properties in New York City listed on Wrapal, Tan said.”
Now available: a database of female Canadian filmmakers. “The professional development initiative Women in the Directors Chair (WIDC) launched today (May 23) an online directory of Canadian women directors who have attended WIDC programs since starting in 1997.” The amount of information available varies a lot, from nothing to a picture to a decent biography.