Screenwriters Roundtable: Chris Borrelli, F. Scott Frazier, Chris McCoy, Justin Rhodes, Greg Russo, John Swetnam

February 10th, 2013 by

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.

2 thoughts on “Screenwriters Roundtable: Chris Borrelli, F. Scott Frazier, Chris McCoy, Justin Rhodes, Greg Russo, John Swetnam

  1. rojomayne says:

    This question is for everyone, including Scott Myers: F.Scott Frazier mentioned asking three smart friends you want to impress to read your scripts and give you notes. Seems like you guys probably go to the same readers most of the time.

    What are your thoughts on when one of your reader/friends who is also an aspiring screenwriter/filmmaker gives you a great idea/modification on a script of yours they are reading? Co-writing credit or steak dinner?

    Sub question: What are your thoughts when an acquaintance/friend says, “Hey, I’ve got a really great idea for a movie you should write.” And miraculously, it IS a good idea that you would like to flesh out and test. Finder’s fee or steak dinner?

    I’ve really enjoyed this roundtable series. I can’t thank you guys enough and GITS for the infinite and priceless wisdom shared openly. It does not go unnoticed or unused. Thanks!!

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