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Came across an excellent video here.
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Moderated by IndieWIRE's Anne Thompson, the 2013 SBIFF Writer's Panel "It Starts With The Script" featured Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower), Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), John Gatins (Flight), Rian Johnson (Looper), and David Magee (Life of Pi).
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Don't expect the first things you write to be amazing.
Give yourself time to get good.
Screenwriter -- Michael Arndt
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.”
Screenwriting -- William Goldman
Olympus Has Fallen discussion with screenwriters
Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt.
Screenwriting -- Chris Terrio
Chris Terrio Interview
Writing the Hollywood Blockbuster: Scriptwriters Network
SHANE BLACK - Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout
TERRY ROSSIO - Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean
MARK FERGUS - Iron Man, Children of Men, Cowboys & Aliens
DAVID HAYTER - X-Men, The Scorpion King, Watchmen
BILL LUNDY -- Panel Moderator
TED -- JJ Abrams
JJ Abrams and Michael Arndt working on
This is GREAT.
Solo, Piano — NYC
Write. Write. Write that vomit draft. Get it written.
The heavy lifting happens during the rewriting.
WGAW Writers Education Committee presents:
“Managing Your Management.”
WEC Chairman: Jeff Melvoin. Event Chair: Monique Sorgen.
Moderators: Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.
Date: December 4, 2012
Disney -- Star Wars -- Who's going to write the scripts and who's going to direct?
Just heard a rumor that Michael Arndt of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 fame is being brought on board. That's rather good news. I don't know how factual these rumors are. If true, this is a great choice. He's extremely good and will certainly do the movies justice. Apparently he's also written a 40-50 page treatment which is even better. I'm pretty sure he's a Star Wars fan. Huge fan of his work. As for directors, I wonder if Steven Spielberg would consider taking the movies on? This would be very cool.
Michael Arndt Writes 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Treatment
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