Screenwriters Roundtable: Chris Borrelli, F. Scott Frazier, Chris McCoy, Justin Rhodes, Greg Russo, John SwetnamFebruary 10th, 2013 by Scott
This week we were fortunate to feature a screenwriter’s roundtable I did with a group of talented Hollywood screenwriters: Chris Borrelli, F. Scott Frazier, Chris McCoy, Justin Rhodes, Greg Russo, and John Swetnam. How good are they? Between them, they have sold more than a dozen spec scripts and have multiple original screenplays on the Black List.
Here are links to all six installments of the interview:
Part 1: “For me, writing is conceptually like a journey through complexity to get back to simplicity.” — Justin Rhodes
Part 2: “The successes I’ve had in pitching have always been based around a single character… What is the main character’s story, and how is he relating to all of the other people in the movie?” — F. Scott Frazier
Part 3: “If I’m 30 or 40 pages in, I’ll print it out and go back through it by hand and make my corrections on the page, because I always feel like visually, that’s the way it’s going to be hitting the reader. Just to feel it out and make sure it looks right, I find correcting it by hand is more intimate.” — Chris McCoy
Part 4: “One genre that you love… That love comes out in the script. It becomes special, and it’s different. You’re not just imitating other people.” — Chris Borrelli
Part 5: “Even if you don’t feel like it, you have to show up. And I think as an aspiring writer, and I tried to do this, was to take that mentality. It’s a job, and you must always show up and work.” — John Swetnam
Part 6: “Never stop learning. If every day I’m learning something new as a writer… If every day I’m getting a little bit better at this… that’s all I can ask for from myself. Never stop learning. It’s as simple as that.” — Greg Russo
Thanks to all involved and the best of luck in your writing careers! We look forward to seeing the many movies you write hit theaters in the future.