When we launched RSL back in May 2015, the idea was to present a variety of material relating to fact-based film.
While it was always the intention to add extra information specific to screenwriters and writing the fact-based screenplay, in truth, we wanted RSL to be accessible to all film fans.
The trouble with this approach is that in trying to offer ‘something for everyone’, we actually offer very little to all!
We have limited time and resources to cover all the bases and, consequently, feel as if we’re spreading what we do have way too thin.
So, we’ve decided to shift focus to our real love – screenwriting!
Specifically, writing the fact-based film.
Why now? Well, it actually came about after watching two recent big screen releases – The Big Short and Spotlight.
Watching these films made us realise that we’d lost focus.
They also made us excited to dig under the surface of these films to find out how the screenwriters turned compelling and challenging source material into films that have been creatively, critically, and journalistically successful.
So, rather than offering up a smattering of news and info each issue; instead, we are going all out to get back to basics and publish a real resource that screenwriters – new and established – can use to help write the fact-based screenplay.
What will this look like? Well, (after a short break) we plan to continue publishing an issue every month. But instead of a scattergun approach, we will instead focus on one fact-based film per issue. This could be a contemporary, Hollywood or indie release, or a classic we feel is worth revisiting.
For each film we select, the idea is to dissect it from the screenwriter’s point of view to offer:
• analysis of the adaptation/transformation process (with reference to the source material, as appropriate)
• resources related to the film (i.e. third-party comment or analysis we feel is particularly relevant and/or useful)
• specific focus on one particular aspect of the film (in order to continue and complete our ongoing lesson series)
• a review of the film and/or additional analysis
It seems fitting that our first two films under the microscope will be The Big Short and Spotlight.
Hopefully, with our new direction, we can put together material that we’re proud to publish, offers real value, and fills a gap in the screenwriting market.
So, don’t go anywhere as we’ll be back soon with our new-look RSL.
Meanwhile, feel free to browse our archives (which will remain permanently on the site) and contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and happy writing!