Interview: Eric Heisserer (2012, 2014 Black List)

April 14th, 2013 by

2012 was a big year for Eric Heisserer as he not only directed his first feature length film (Hours), based on his original screenplay, but also made the Black List for “Story Of Your Life.” This follows up on other writing credits: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, and The Thing.

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Here are links to the six installments of the entire interview:

Part 1: “I’m a bit of an autodidact, so I picked up Final Draft software and a couple of screenplays that I purchased through bookstores. I had an idea of what a script was supposed to look like, and I started writing.”

Part 2: “I’ve been keen to work new muscles as a screenwriter, and every year, I at least attempt to write a screenplay in a genre that I haven’t done before.”

Part 3: “What appealed to me is that it’s a polarizing issue. Therefore I feel like it’s something that is worthy of exploration.”

Part 4: “That’s my new mantra, my new mission is that whatever I write, I’m writing something that, in reading, the director knows exactly what kind of movie it is.”

Part 5: “When I’m writing a scene, and if I’m blocked, it’s typically because there’s nothing in the scene I’m excited about.”

Part 6: “Write as much as you can. Write any and all of those things…screenplays, short stories, novels. The more you understand the language in the world, the better.”

Eric is repped by UTA and Art/Work Entertainment.

Twitter: @HIGHzurrer.

One thought on “Interview: Eric Heisserer (2012, 2014 Black List)

  1. SabinaGiado says:

    Don’t know if you guys have seen this. I just found the trailer. It looks really beautiful. It’s far more appealing than the phrase “contained thriller” intimates.

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