Screenwriting 101: Bo Goldman

July 5th, 2011 by

“What I think my talent is — it’s knowing what a thing is, knowing what the dramatic possibilities for a thing are and recognizing what it means to life. I approach writing the way Michelangelo approached a big block of marble or granite from which a statue was trying to fight its way out. The pain that you go through to free a story is incredible. I do enormous amounts of research, and I don’t have a computer; I finally stop researching when I can’t stand it anymore — and then I go write the movie.”

— Bo Goldman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Scent of a Woman)

From “Oscar-Winning Screenwriters on Screenwriting,” edited by Joel Engel

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