Read any good movies lately? You’re about to—because there’s an excellent chance that our newest Instagram obsession is about to become yours, too. Script to Screen has brought their A++ game to Instagram’s video format and what they’re doing with it will give you an entirely new appreciation for writers, actors, and filmmakers. It might even change the way you watch and think about your favourite movies.
Script to Screen’s posts are formatted like this: the top half of the video image is a short, typically iconic scene from a well-known movie (think: Jack Nicholson screaming “You can’t handle the truth!” at Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men) while the bottom half of the frame features the scene’s script, rolling along in time with the actors as they say their lines.
It looks like this:
Swipe ← • ◦ ◦ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” • Directed by: John Hughes • Written by: John Hughes • Did you know? During the parade several of the people seen dancing (including the construction worker and the window washer) originally had nothing to do with the film. They were simply dancing to the music being played, and John Hughes found it so humorous, that he told the camera operators to record it.
But it isn’t about what it looks like, it’s about what it does. Once you get used to reading and watching at the same time, each video begins to reveal how all those little off-script moments that made the scenes we know, love, and quote so (okay, too) often, came to be. It’s pretty mind-blowing to discover that some of your favourites lines were simply ad-libbed in the moment by an inspired actor. Like in this scene from the original Bladerunner:
It also makes it obvious how much work goes into building an entire scene based on just a few well-written words. There’s so much happening on screen that isn’t there on the page—most strikingly the emotions (or concentrated lack therof) in the actors’ faces. Like in this clip from Fargo featuring the genius Frances McDormand.
Swipe ← • ◦ Fargo (1996) #FrancesMcDormand won her 2nd #Oscar for #BestActress in #ThreeBillboardsOutsideEbbingMissouri. McDormand, a five-time Oscar nominee, last won the prize in 1996 for iconic role as a police chief Marge Gunderson in “Fargo.” • Directed by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen • Written by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen #fargo #williamhmacy #stevebuscemi #coenbrothers #theoscars #theacademy #oscars #bestactress #bestscreenplay #bestsupportingactor #scripttoscreen #script #screenplay
And then there are the scenes with next to no dialogue at all, it’s just staging directions—and a little lip-synching from Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort.
Swipe 👉 • ◦ ◦ “Baby Driver” (2017) • Follow my partner: @filmfilmfans • Directed by: Edgar Wright • Written by: Edgar Wright • Cinematography by: Bill Pope • Requested by: @carocasaos_sin_z – Did you know? In an introduction from Edgar Wright, he revealed that there was little to no CGI or green screen used to film the car chase sequences. The driving is all practically done.
For a slightly different take on that same no dialogue theme, check out this scene from Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning movie, The Shape of Water. Unlike in Baby Driver, the clip features two actors communicating with one another, but without the use of words. It’s brilliant, and the caption features a fun bit of trivia: del Toro’s film premiered in the same theatre that’s featured in this scene:
: The Shape Of Water (2017) #OscarsWeek What film do you think will win #BestPicture? • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro • Written by: Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor • Did you know? When “The Shape of Water” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, the screening was held in the Elgin Theatre. The interior scenes of the theater in the film were shot in the Elgin Theatre, so as the audience was watching the film, they were seeing the same theater on screen that they were sitting in. #theshapeofwater #guillermodeltoro #sallyhawkins #octaviaspencer #michaelshannon #dougjones #oscars #theoscars #academyawards #bestdirector #bestactor #bestactress #scripttoscreen #screenplay #script #actor #film
The best part is that the movie buff running the account takes requests via Instagram DMs, so go ahead and submit yours (FYI, we’re got The Devil Wears Prada covered).