HTF Script-to-Screen Challenge The hope overall is that by looking at the core element of film making, the script, we can get a better understanding of the process of making film, and a deeper understanding of film as an art form. By starting out discussing the script as a stand alone piece of literature- and then discussion how the film maker(s) handle this material- I hope that we can gain an interesting perspective on the finished film, and the film media itself. Script for Round 1 The first script for our discussion will be BLOOD SIMPLE by Ethan & Joel Coen. The script can be downloaded (in text format) here: http://thirdlayer.pc.jmu.edu/Scripts/Blood%20Simple.txt (It can also be found in HTML format HERE). This script comes from the published book version of the shooting script (which is available from amazon for anyone looking for a book version. There is also a Coen collection book available for those interested.). Beginning screenwriters should take note: Because the Coen's direct their own screenplays, and because this is a late draft, they contain a lot of shot direction (a definite no-no for spec writers). This copy of the screenplay also contains a scene deleted from the 1st draft and a commentary from Ethan & Joel Coen explaining why they took it out (at the end). I chose a Coen Bros script for several reasons: mostly because of their abilities as writers-- but also for the interesting twist that they knew they would be directing this as they wrote, so some of the S'hooting" style descriptions are included-- a good help for many of us reading a screenplay for the first time. In addition, I chose an early Coen script (Their first script that was produced as far as I know) as I feel it might have more areas that could be improved upon and critiqued for discussion-- and because I hoped that there would be enough people on the forum who have not seen this film. How this works I ask that anyone who wants to take part download the screenplay and begin reading. Any thoughts about the script can be posted and discussed here- you don't have to finish reading to start posting your thoughts (In fact, I'd like to see people posting their major thoughts as they complete each portion of the script). The reading/discussion process will continue through the weekend of June 7/8th- at which point I'd ask that participants watch the film and discuss their thoughts of the film and it's comparisons to the screenplay. BLOOD SIMPLE is available on DVD, and can be had for less than $10 from Deepdiscountdvd. I ask that if you haven't yet seen BLOOD SIMPLE that you wait to watch the film until you finish the screenplay. I also ask that you avoid checking the IMDB page for casting choices or user reviews, and instead try to visualize the movie completely from scratch using the written word. If you have already seen Blood Simple- you are more than welcome to take part in this discussion- I only ask that you keep comments specific to the film OUT of the discussion until everyone else has had a chance to discuss the screenplay and see the film. I welcome anyone in the discussion- just hope that participants can try to keep it fun for everyone! So, please download the script and start reading. I'm eager to see the comments posted here- and again ask that any comparisons or discussions specific to the film version of BLOOD SIMPLE be left out until June 9th.