The Wolfpack are back in theatres this weekend with the final installment of the billion-dollar franchise that began with the unexpected 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.
The Hangover Part III was co-written by Craig Mazin and director Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School). Mazin also wrote The Hangover Part II (with Scot Armstrong) and Identity Thief, the fourth highest-grossing movie of this year so far.
On his recent podcast, when asked a question by a listener about the difference between the "inciting incident" and "plot point one," Mazin had this to say:
We couldn't agree more!
"There is nothing that [screenwriting books] can teach you that you can’t learn yourself by watching movies, reading screenplays of those movies, reading screenplays by professionals, and then writing, and writing, and writing."
For that very reason, ScripTipps do not attempt to teach a new screenwriting theory or formula that we claim will guarantee you a million-dollar spec sale.
Instead, we aim to help aspiring screenwriters learn the craft of screenwriting by doing exactly what A-List hit screenwriter Craig Mazin suggests, through our in-depth analyses of select screenplays that exhibit excellence in story structure, character development, and scene construction. Each ScripTipps screenplay study guide in the series analyzes one movie and its story and screenplay in full, scene by scene, from beginning to middle to end, gleaning useful and practical screenwriting tips along the way.
Study the screenwriting and storytelling tricks and techniques that worked for professional screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore when their spec script sold for $2M and went on to become the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time. ScripTipps: The Hangover mines The Hangover for invaluable screenwriting tips on the use of in media res, character development, misdirection, conflict, subtext, comic set pieces, humor in exposition, and much, much more!
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