“Watch Inspirational Screenwriter Scott Lew Write A Movie Without Typing or Talking”

April 17th, 2013 by

This is an amazing story. From /Film:

Writing a movie is difficult enough. Imagine writing it from a wheelchair without the ability to speak or move. That’s the unbelievable truth of what Scott Lew did for his new film, Sexy Evil Genius. In 2004, Lew was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, which has since left the writer a mute pentaplegic. (He can’t move his four limbs, neck or head) He’s forced to breathe with a ventilator and communicates with the help of an assistant, as well as an infrared dot on his forehead.

Using that painstaking process to communicate, Lew wrote the film Sexy Evil Genius, which stars Katee Sackoff, Seth Green, Michelle Trachtenberg, William Baldwin and Harold Perrineau. Directed by Shawn Piller, it’s out on DVD April 9 and the disc includes the documentary Jujitsu-ing Reality, which details Lew’s story. /Film is proud to exclusively debut a clip from the documentary.

Here is that clip:

Here is the trailer for the movie:

Here is a quote from the film’s director Shawn Piller:

Scott is an inspiration as well as a wonderful collaborator. He puts a lot of my writer friends to shame in terms of how fast he turned notes around. In a film that has no action or explosions, every line counts. Scott not only was open to every joke pitch and visual idea I threw at him to open up the film, which is 5 people sitting around a table, but he also stuck to his guns and stood up to me, the director, as firmly and respectively as any writer I’ve had the pleasure of working with. And trust me, in a movie like this that’s no small task. I was relentless in trying to goose the film to pop off the screen like his script popped off the page.

So the next time you feel the instinct to complain about how hard you have it writing a script, think of Scott Lew and the incredible achievement he has accomplished. Truly an inspiration.

For more of the /Film article written by Germain Lussier, go here

4 thoughts on ““Watch Inspirational Screenwriter Scott Lew Write A Movie Without Typing or Talking”

  1. I will never again gripe and bitch about my petty screenwriting woes. Mr. Lew is now the muse over my keyboard. What an inspiration!

    1. Scott says:

      Compared to Mr. Lew’s circumstance, so much of the kvetching writers engage in comes across as chilled white whine.

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