FORYOUR CO N S I D E R AT I O N BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) Ryan Coogler FRUITVALE by Ry. Then along comes a successful film like Fruitvale Station (written and directed by Ryan Coogler) — the Grand Jury Prize-winner at the. Thanks to The Weinstein Company, you can now download the screenplays for Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

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So I saw it as somewhat of a benefit in many ways.

I figured fruitva,e we could get that part right and give some truth to that, and get audiences to buy into that perspective, it could potentially speak to the larger things. And if they are not indispensable, is it worth learning them? And the prison-room scuffle with the other inmate? Are you currently writing a screenplay based on a true story? You must be logged in to post a comment Login. Where did you personally land on this issue when you piece together what you know about him?

The prison scuffle was based on a real situation, and the incident on the train really stemmed from someone he was incarcerated with. Stqtion other is a more polished civil rights period piece from a director who was a Sundance standout himself just a few years ago.

People either love it or they hate it. Browse our Videos for Sale. How many times has Romeo and Juliet been done and been done over again? Try spending the day with somebody. Grant and others were escorted onto the platform and forced to sit with their backs against the wall, at which time police allege Grant became uncooperative and was ordered to lay prone on the cement. He was a person. Yet aside from that particular narrative cause and effect, the bulk of the film shadows Grant meandering through a laundry list of pedestrian activities; hanging with his buds; quarreling with his girlfriend; shopping for a birthday card.


Grant died the next morning and Mehserle was subsequently sentenced to two years for involuntary manslaughter. You must be logged in to post a comment. For example, was there a Katie character in real life? But the inspiration for that scene came from an experience my little brother had, when he and my dad were out one day, and the same thing happened. Was it challenging to maintain suspense when telling a story with a well-known outcome?

I learned a lot of things about his back story that were not publicly known. First and foremost it was about this guy and his relationships.

The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”)

Mehserle later claimed he went for his taser—a defense many found dubious—since Grant screenplqy unarmed with his hands behind him. Creative Screenwriting also interviewed producer Nina Yang Bongiovi on producing Fruitvale Station on a limited budget.

People have different opinions about him. But looking at him on this day, through this lens, was what I really wanted to do.


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Indeed, both Coogler and Grant are African American males from the Bay area, born less than three months apart. The grocery store conversation where Oscar puts her on the phone with her grandmother really happened. It was just me, one of our picture editors, and one of the producers, and we went out to Treasure Island, which is right in the middle of Oakland in San Francisco, and we shot the actual fireworks in and cut that into the film. Shooting where the tragedy actually happened: But unlike other films, Fruitvale Station is bound stahion attract a tidal wave of fresh scrutiny to the organization, as fruitvxle story becomes more widely known.

Lying to fruutvale about losing his job — and failing to get it back? For me, that scene meant a lot of things. I will check out your book.