FROM THE PAGE
Let's continue our brand new From the Page series on scripts with Aaron Sorkin's highly acclaimed The Social Network, nominated this year for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars. The Social Network is a lush and lengthy screenplay, topping out at 167 pages when the average script is around 90-120 pages. But Aaron Sorkin began his career as a playwright and has an undeniable affinity for dialogue, something that easily fills the page count. I have to admit it was a challenge to even find a scene short enough in the script to fit in my post below, so I encourage you to read the entire script if you get the chance (see note below).
Welcome to From the Page, a new series on FirstShowing that takes a closer look at the original source or blueprint for some of our most beloved and despised films: the screenplay. Every week we will glimpse at the page of known, and sometimes not-so-known, scripts to view scenes in their original form (see below for an example, it'll make sense). I'll give a brief history of the story or the writer behind it. Occasionally we may even see the scene again, courtesy of YouTube, and often I will attach the link for you to download the entire screenplay (if publicly available). Let's kick this off with a look at a script nominated for an Oscar this year!