Story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.
Craig Mazin leads a discussion about how to take notes.
Scriptnotes: Episode 86
I made this commitment to myself that I was going to be a writer. I figured, ‘Well I’m going to be a writer for the rest of my life.’ I had a book I got just out of film school that was a writer’s guide and it was interesting because they listed the produced credits of a writer but they also listed all the unproduced scripts the writers had written. So you’d get this many produced credits (indicates a small number) and this many unproduced credits (indicates a larger number). So you see even top writers write way more scripts then ever get made, and these are people who get paid a million bucks a script. So I just thought realistically film is a capital intensive medium. It cost now $50—100 million to make a movie. It’s a little like architecture. Even someone like Frank Gehry will design 10 buildings and maybe one or two of them will get made. I think as a screenwriter you just have to assume that there’s going to be a 90% failure rate. As so I just thought, ‘Well, okay, I’m a screenwriter—I’m going to write one screenplay a year for the next 50 years so I’ll write 50 scripts. And if I assume a 90% failure maybe five of those scripts will get made and maybe two of them will be good movies.’ That’s just realistic. That’s not being overly pessimistic, that’s just what everyone else goes through. I wrote five scripts, then I wrote Little Miss Sunshine and then I wrote four more before I finally sold Little Miss Sunshine. It’s an endurance race.”
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships
on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter
in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will
be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die.
John August and Craig Mazin discuss the odd dislocation writers experience when writing movies in coffeeshops and windowless offices.
Scriptnotes: Episode 85
Craig Mazin and John August discuss two recent court decisions that could have a big impact on how movies get sold and resold — and how writers get paid.
Scriptnotes: Episode 84
Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a
whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong.
But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we
think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest
terms, in the most convenient definitions.
EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD - DAY
We see Bender walking towards us as Brian's monologue
But what we found out
is that each one of us is a brain...
...and an athlete...
...and a basket case...
...and a criminal...
Does that answer your question?... Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.
We see Bender walking across the football field as he thrusts
his fist into the air in a silent cheer and freezes there.
(while grabbing Bailey by the balls)
Now get *this* straight, Shit-kicker! Don't you go confusin' me with some
whole other body. You must have your brains in your *dick* if you think we're
gonna just walk away from this. We're gonna stay 'till this gets done.
Craig Mazin and John August discuss another batch of three page challenges.
Scriptnotes: Episode 82
Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've
constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant
next to the power of the Force.
Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your
sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up
the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the
rebels' hidden fortress...
Vader makes a pinching motion and Motti starts choking.
I find your lack of faith disturbing.
Enough of this! Vader, release him!
As you wish.
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