Mad (Wo)Men 6×05: “You’re really good at everything.”

Author’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series, analyzing the female characters on Mad Men throughout season 6. A lot of people disliked last night’s episode of Mad Men, an episode which included one of the pivotal events of 1968, Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The show does a good job of showing how life … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×05: “You’re really good at everything.”

Writers Guild Foundation’s Anatomy of a Script: Mark Boal and Zero Dark Thirty

As a former journalist, political science major, and current entertainment industry minion, I’ve enjoyed and admired Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s desire to tell topical stories in their films.

The basis for The Hurt Locker were Boal’s experiences as an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2004. Shortly after the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011, Boal embarked on researching the raid that led to his death. He compiled his research and interviews into the script for Zero Dark Thirty.

After seeing the film, I read two books about events that took place in the ten year span between the 9/11 attacks and the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011. Triple Agent by Joby Warrick, focuses on the 2009 suicide bombing at Camp Chapman near Khost, Afghanistan. The Finish by Mark Bowden, follows many of the decision makers leading up to the Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden’s compound. Both of these confirm the events fictionalized in Zero Dark Thirty and more accounts of the raid have been published since then.

On March 28, the Writers Guild Foundation hosted an Anatomy of a Script event with Boal.

It was clear from his answers he didn’t skimp on the research of the events in Zero Dark Thirty and in general, Boal’s well read and well informed of current events & historical events relating to the War on Terror.

There were some funny moments and he had a couple stories from shooting Zero Dark Thirty which haven’t been recounted elsewhere.

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