The Five Most Travel-Inspiring Movies of 2016

Here’s a look at the five films that best captured the locations where they were filmed, and made us want to go there, too in 2016! Hell or High Water Hell or High Water was set in Texas but primarily filmed in the New Mexico towns of Moriarty, Estancia, and Tucumcari. All three towns are located off of Interstate 40, east of Albuquerque. A road trip from Albuquerque through these three small New Mexican towns could easily be done in one day. As you pass through take note of the Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill, located at 315 5th St in Estancia, this is where they wait outside for the bank robbers but, unfortunately it is closed now. If you want to eat at another restaurant featured in the movie, check out Bill’s Jumbo Burger in Clovis, NM, on the Texas border. The restaurant seems to revel in it’s role in the movie and has photos from the shoot on the walls. The breakfast burrito is a must, too! Moana The animated film Moana follows the adventures of Disney’s first Polynesian princess named Maui. Moana, voiced by Auil’i Cravalho, a dauntless heroine who sets out to save her people’s culture…

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2016 Lists

As you mentally and spiritually prepare for your New Year’s Eve festivities, why not take a few moments to get in touch with your inner listicle by clicking on these year-in-review items I’ve aggregated during the last few weeks.

The Biggest Bombs and Blockbusters at the 2016 Box Office.

Bilge Ebiri’s Top Films of 2016: Top 10? More Like 20.

David Edelstein: The 10 Best Movies of 2016 — and 6 More.

David Ehrlich: The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2016.

Todd McCarthy: The 10 Best Films of 2016.

The 10 Most Inventive Original Screenplays of 2016.

The Best New Movie Characters of 2016.

The Best Film Performances of 2016.

The 10 Best Undistributed Movies of 2016.

The 10 Best Movie Scores of 2016

The 10 best Australian films of 2016.

The 12 Most Criminally Overlooked Indies and Foreign Films Of 2016.

The 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016.

The 29 Best Music Moments In Film This Year.

The Best 2016 Movies For Families.

The Movie Franchises That Died in 2016.

The 13 Best Horror Movies of 2016.

35 Directors Pick Their Favorite Movies of 2016.

The 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017.

The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017.

11 Essential Modern Films About Revenge.

15 Great Horror Movies That Play on Gendered Fears.

16 Movies Secretly About Christmas.

The 20 greatest Death Star moments in ‘Star Wars’ cinema.

The 25 greatest movies that never made it to the big screen.

The 50 best movie fights to watch again and again.

2016: The Year in Certified Fresh TV.

Tim Goodman: The Best TV of 2016.

Maureen Ryan: The 25 Best Returning Shows of 2016.

The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2016.

What TV Shows America Watched in 2016

29 Very Black Things That Happened on TV in 2016.

The Most Social TV Shows of 2016.

The 10 Most Important Late-Night TV Moments in 2016.

The 17 best upcoming TV shows of 2017.

The 25 Best Returning Shows of 2016.

Ho Ho Ho: 24 of TV’s Most Memorable Christmas Episodes.

The 10 Essentials of Any Hallmark Christmas Movie.

The 10 Best Podcasts of 2016.

The 10 Best Comedy Podcasts of 2016.

The 20 Best Comedy Sketches of 2016.

The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2016.

The 10 Best Video Games of 2016.

The 16 Best Web Series Of 2016.

The Sixteen Most-Read New Yorker Magazine Stories of 2016.

The Biggest Tech Fails of 2016.

The Best Books of Poetry in 2016.

The 10 Best Theater Events of the Year.

The 10 Best Songs of 2016.

The Year of Death: It’s Time We Bury 2016.

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2016.

32 Writing competitions for 2017.

101 reasons 2016 wasn’t quite as shit as we all thought it was.

Their Words to Live By: Artists We Lost in 2016.

Happy New Year!

2016 Lists was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Will Get A Nighttime Show

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Nighttime Show

Taking a page out of Disney’s theme park playbook, it sounds like Universal Studios is looking to beef up the attractions at The Wziarding World of Harry Potter.

A new report indicates that Universal is developing a nighttime show that will take place within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Much like the nighttime spectacular shows at Disney theme parks, they will be using projection mapping to project a visual spectacular on the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry castle.

Find out more about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter nighttime show after the jump.

Orlando Informer has word that Universal is currently working on the nighttime show that will debut sometime in the first half of 2017. While details on the specifics of the show are slim, the site says the nighttime show will be something akin to the opening night celebrations for the opening of the Hogsmade sections of the park in Orlando and California. The show will be projected onto Hogwarts castle, not unlike this show from The Magic Kingdom using Frozen imagery and music:

As for what will be projected onto Hogwarts, with eight films in the Harry Potter film franchise, it would be hard to create some kind of show using clips from the movies as a sort of movie trailer mash-up with various cinematic moments from the movies combined with the signature Harry Potter themes.

One of the more interesting details about this Harry Potter nighttime show is that there may not be a set schedule for fans to be able to plan ahead when they want to see it. The area of Hogsmeade where this show would take place doesn’t fit anywhere near the amount of people that Disney’s area surrounding their castle can hold, which would make a schedule a bit of a mess with so many people crowding the area as showtime approaches. Therefore Universal is thinking about having a randomized schedule  with several performances each night, not unlike the Tree of Life Awakenings visual show at Animal Kingdom.

There is also discussion of doing some special shows around holidays like Halloween and Christmas, though there aren’t any details regarding what that might entail at this time. Projecting snow onto Hogwarts would be a nice touch during the holiday months at the end of the year though.

If you don’t entirely buy this rumor, check out this recent change in park landscaping:

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Trees Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Night

As you can see, a whole slew of trees from the front of the Hogwarts castle have been chopped down. This will allows more space for projection, and more space for fans to be able to see the show projected on the castle without trees getting in the way. As we said, the show will be something akin to what happened during the grand opening of the new section of the park, and if you haven’t see what that was like, here’s a video of the event:

This looks like it’ll a cool addition to the park for fans looking for a little more Harry Potter magic.

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Saturday Hot Links

Time for the 270th installment of Saturday Hot Links, your week’s essential reading about movies, TV, streaming, Hollywood, and other things of writerly interest.

2016 Box Office Crosses $ 11B for Another Record Year.

Box Office 2016 Wrap: How a Record Year-End Total Masks Big Troubles for Studios.

2016’s International Box-Office Surprises.

France’s 2016 Box Office Is the Second-Biggest in Modern Times.

‘Ben Hur’ to ‘BFG’: Hollywood’s Biggest Box-Office Bombs of 2016.

The 10 Most Inventive Original Screenplays of 2016.

The Best Laid Supervillain Plans: What Worked and What Didn’t in 2016.

2016: The Year in Certified Fresh Movies.

2016: The Year American Cinema Was Saturated in Beauty, and American Reality Was Saturated in Ugliness.

101 reasons 2016 wasn’t quite as shit as we all thought it was.

35 Directors Pick Their Favorite Movies of 2016.

Is 2017 The Year DC Will Set the Course Straight?

The 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017.

In 2017, Hayao Miyazaki Rises Again.

Alibaba to Invest $ 7.2 Billion in Entertainment Over Next 3 Years.

Cinematic Advertisements: How Modern Hype Changed Cinema Ads.

How Hollywood’s Trump Ennui Has Changed Awards Season.

DGA Approves New Deal That ‘More Than Triples’ SVOD, Raises Feature Length Royalties.

20 Latin Americans Making a Difference for American Independent Film Today.

Did our ancestors speak like Yoda?

Every upcoming Star Wars movie to 2021 and beyond.

It May Be an Accident, but ‘Rogue One’ Is the Most Politically Relevant Movie of the Year.

How Batman Helps Me Survive My Mental Illness.

How ‘A Monster Calls’ Defeated Death From Page To Screen.

Most Memorable L.A. Locations in ‘La La Land’.

The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.

Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayevsky’s ‘Network’: The Grim Prophecy that Was Once Just Brilliant Satire.

Why 1994–95 Was One of Network TV’s Last Truly Great Seasons.

2016: The Year in Certified Fresh TV.

29 Very Black Things That Happened on TV in 2016.

The sheer brilliance of Hallmark’s corny Christmas movies.

Why National Geographic Decided To Dump The Dumb And Get Back To Its Educated Roots.

Netflix’s New Releases Coming in January 2017.

Netflix Launches Video Previews: How The Company Landed On Its Biggest Redesign Ever.

Why 2017 Will Be Crunch Year for the Global Ambitions of Netflix and Amazon.

7 Signs Augmented and Virtual Reality Are Ready for the Masses in 2017.

The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2016.

Their Words to Live By: Artists We Lost in 2016.

The Bitter Script Reader: In defense of ‘Passengers’.

Film School Rejects: Dear Readers, Thanks For 2016.

Jeff Willis: Intellectual Property.

Jeff Willis: Options.

Listen: Bart & Fleming (Episode 8).

Listen: Scriptnotes (Episode 281).

Watch: The Incredibles Symbolism: The Power of Family.

Watch: 9 Ridiculously Shitty Pixar Ripoffs.

Watch: The Godfather: Solozzo’s Death — Script to Screen Analysis.

Watch: 2016 — The Horror Movie Trailer.

Hollywood Mourns Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Star Carrie Fisher.

Carrie Fisher, Script Doctor: Her Unknown Legacy Examined.

What Carrie Fisher, Bowie, Prince and Muhammad Ali Taught Us.

Debbie Reynolds, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Actress and Carrie Fisher’s Mother, Dies at 84.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week

As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one rule about a first draft and it’s this: “Get the damn thing done!”

Easy to say. Hard to do.

That’s why I created the Pages I: The First Draft writing workshop, a structured online environment — 10 weeks, 10 lectures, 10 writing assignments — to empower a writer to get from FADE IN to FADE OUT.

If you have a story you’ve pretty well developed and could benefit from:

  • Weekly due dates to compel you to knock out script pages
  • Lectures to steer you through the writing process
  • Feedback and support from a community of fellow writers
  • Analysis of your pages from a professional screenwriter and educator
  • Teleconferences to drill down in your story and the craft of screenwriting

I have found the approach we use in the workshop, breaking down each weekly assignment to 10 pages or so, basically one or two sequences, makes the writing much more manageable. That in combination with several other factors make the success rate in my writing workshops — writers actually completing their scripts — quite high.

Some testimonials from writers who have participated in the workshop:

“A great experience. I didn’t just get a 99 page first draft out of it, I got all the notes, comments and ideas to start my second draft.” — Michael Waters

“I would highly recommend the Pages I course. The class set up and size is optimal. And although, personally, I was unsure how much I would get from the peer feedback — I found that incredibly rewarding as well.” — Stacey Fernengel

Consider enrolling in the upcoming Pages I workshop. Instructor: Tom Benedek.

It begins Monday, January 9.

Go here to learn more. Or if you have any questions feel free to email me.

Let me end with a some writer quotes about first drafts:

“First drafts are for learning what your story is about.”
 — Bernard Malamud

“The first draft is nothing more than a starting point, so be wrong as fast as you can.”
 — Andrew Stanton

“Then comes the great leap which is the first draft, I call it ‘the muscle draft,’ where you just muscle it out. You don’t worry about what you’re missing, you just get through it, get to the end.”
 — Darren Aronofsky

“Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. That first draft is just spaghetti on the wall.”
 — Dennis Lehane

“Sometimes you’re swinging your way through a first draft like a blind miner with a pick-axe. That’s OK. Get it done, nothing else matters.”
–Justin Marks

“The first draft, the first structure is really important… Do it fast, don’t get stuck.”
 — Oliver Stone

“No matter what you write, good or bad, it’s an improvement to a blank page.”
 — Chris Sparling

Of course, you can write a script on your own. Indeed, you want to develop practices which enable you to do that effectively and efficiently. The Pages I workshop can not only get you from FADE IN to FADE OUT, you can also learn an approach to page-writing which you can use in all future projects.

So get the New Year off to a creative and productive start. Join Tom Benedek in the upcoming Pages I: Writing the First Draft workshop.

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Golden Globe Presenters Announced for the 74th Awards

Golden Globe Presenters Announced for the 74th Awards

Golden Globe presenters announced for the 74th Awards

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced the Golden Globe presenters for the 74th annual awards. Included in the line-up are Drew Barrymore (Golden Globe Award winner and three-time award nominee), Steve Carell (Golden Globe Award winner and eight-time award nominee), Priyanka Chopra, Matt Damon (two-time Golden Globe Award winner and seven-time award nominee), Viola Davis (five-time Golden Globe Award nominee), Laura Dern (three-time Golden Globe Award winner and five-time award nominee), Goldie Hawn (Golden Globe Award winner and nine-time award nominee), Anna Kendrick (Golden Globe Award nominee), Nicole Kidman (three-time Golden Globe Award winner and eleven-time award nominee), Brie Larson (Golden Globe Award winner and award nominee), Diego Luna, Sienna Miller (Golden Globe Award nominee), Mandy Moore (Golden Globe Award nominee), Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Timothy Olyphant, Chris Pine, Eddie Redmayne (Golden Globe Award winner and two-time award nominee), Zoe Saldana, Amy Schumer (Golden Globe Award nominee), Sylvester Stallone (Golden Globe Award winner and three-time award nominee), Justin Theroux, Milo Ventimiglia, Sofia Vergara (four-time Golden Globe Award nominee), and Reese Witherspoon (Golden Globe Award winner and four-time award nominee).

Jimmy Fallon will host the ceremony airing on Sunday, January 8, 2017, LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC from 5-8 p.m. PT / 8-11 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Previously announced, eight-time Golden Globe-winner Meryl Streep will be the recipient of the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Produced by dick clark productions (dcp) in association with the HFPA, the Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 236 countries worldwide and are one of the few awards ceremonies to include both motion picture and television achievements.

“The HFPA Presents: Globes Red Carpet Live,” the official red carpet pre-show for the “74th Annual Golden Globe Awards” will live stream exclusively on Twitter on Jan. 8 from 6-8 pm ET (3-5 pm PT). The pre-show will be available in the United States for Twitter’s logged-in and logged-out audience on Twitter and connected devices and can be found at, in Twitter Moments or @goldenglobes.

Lorenzo Soria is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions; and Barry Adelman, Executive VP of Television at dick clark productions will serve as executive producers.

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Update: 2016 Award Season Screenplay Downloads — 44 Total!

Plus a link to download nearly 200 movie scripts from last 6 years.

For movie lovers and especially those interested in screenwriting, this is a great time of year as Hollywood studios and production companies have their annual ritual of making the year’s movie scripts available to the public. As I update them here and add them to the site’s script archive, what this means is unlike other sites, all scripts here are both free and legal.

Current total of 2016 scripts for download: 44.

For background on how Go Into The Story helped secure the public release of The Invitation script, go here.

20th Century Women (A24)

A Monster Calls (Focus Features)

Anthropoid (Bleecker Street)

Arrival (Paramount)

Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight)

Bridget Jones’s Baby (Universal)

Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street)

The Comedian (Sony Classics)

Denial (Bleecker Street)

Elle (Sony Classics)

Equity (Sony Classics)

Eye in the Sky (Bleecker Street)

Fences (Paramount)

The Founder (TWC)

The Girl on the Train (Universal)

Gold (TWC)

Hail, Caesar! (Universal)

Hell or High Water (CBS Films)

The Hollars (Sony Classics)

I Saw the Light (Sony Classics)

The Invitation (Drafthouse)

Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

Julieta (Sony Classics)

Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus Features)

Land of Mine (Sony Classics)

Lion (TWC)

Love & Friendship (Amazon)

Loving (Focus Features)

Maggie’s Plan (Sony Classics)

Manchester by the Sea (Amazon)

The Meddler (Sony Classics)

Miles Ahead (Sony Classics)

Moonlight (A24)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal)

Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features)

The Red Turtle (Sony Classics)

The Secret Life of Pets (Universal)

Silence (Paramount)

Sing (Universal)

Sing Street (TWC)

Sully (Warner Bros.)

Toni Erdmann (Sony Classics)

Victor Frankenstein (David Entertainment)

Zootopia (Walt Disney)

As the scripts become available, we add them to our Movie Script Download archive which is now approaching 200 screenplays from movies released during the last 6 years.

There are probably 5–10 more 2016 movie scripts to be made public in January including La La Land which I have confirmed with one of the movie’s producers.

Hitchcock with a stack of his movie scripts

Many thanks to Sarah Grimes, Alecia Hodges, and Paul Huffman who are doing us all a solid by tracking the studio and production company sites for new script releases.

Reading movie screenplays is absolutely critical to your development as a screenwriter. Along with watching movies and writing pages, it is a fundamental practice you should put into place. Make it a goal to read at least one movie script per week.

Where can you go to get access to many of the top movie scripts from 2016? Right here at Go Into The Story! And to learn when they first come online, follow me on Twitter: @GoIntoTheStory.

Reminder: These scripts are for educational purposes only.

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Dear 2016, Thanks for the Great Films

2016 has been an interesting year, especially for movies.

It’s finally here, the last day of 2016! While some of us may celebrate with shots and chanting “Ding dong, the witch is dead,” some may find it appropriate to look back on a truly spectacular year in films, especially those coming from the indie sector. Inevitably, video essayists and casual videomakers, like Max Shishkin, Fernando Andrés, and Ben Zuk, have created end-of-year supercuts and mashups of all of 2016’s films, so, we chose a few of our favorites as a fitting tribute to a year that we hate to see go, but love to watch leave.

It’s heartening to see filmmakers in 2016 continuing to push boundaries and take chances with their projects. Barry Jenkins told a story most feared to tell in Moonlight, the Daniels managed to sell a film about a farting corpse, and Nicolas Winding Refn and DP Natasha Braier showed us some of the most spectacular cinematography in Neon Demon. Hopefully 2017 will show us the same spirit.

What were your favorite films of 2016? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Use Go Into The Story

A 5 part series to help readers use the blog’s resources.

With over 20,000 posts on this blog, here’s a logical question:


With this series, you don’t need to check into Hotel Hell like Barton Fink did to write a script.

An end of the year series to help.

Part 1: Watch Movies

Part 2: Read Scripts

Part 3: Write Pages

Part 4: Study the Craft

Part 5: Learn the Business

Rock solid resources, all for FREE!

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