Fargo (1996) Coen brothers | Roger Deakins
Dramatic construction with index cards. Each card = one minute of screen time, one script page.
“writing on each of them a minimal number of words that describe a step in the narrative… Important character interactions in a scene.” (Mackendrick p. 45)
what each main character in the scene wants. scene objective. how the story moves forward.
Script to read:
Fargo (Coen brothers)
On Film-making (Alexander Mackendrick)
Films to watch this week:
Article “five films that influenced the Coens’ classic” from BFI
Articles to read:
Essay or script:
500 words on Fargo or neo-noir script 3-5 pages (Saturday)
Book to read:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. James Joyce.
lack of plot.complicated plots. lack of artificial exposition. natural unfolding of the story.
the big sleep (1946)
north by northwest (1959)
police squad! (1982)
the joy of filmmaking
the close-up on p t anderson, 58 mins.
josh brolin. dp/30
short indiewire (1998) on the coen brothers:
The coen brothers speak (reluctantly) the big lebowsky, the big sleep, etc.
Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
Nolan on his early film. What betrays the budget. Importance of sound: voice over and controlled environment to conceal lousy audio. Freedom of film noir. Enjoy the film for what it is rather than a skipping stone for a better/larger one.