Interview: Arash Amel

July 7th, 2013 by

Arash Amel is one of the bright new talents among Hollywood screenwriters, having penned the 2011 Black List script Grace of Monaco which has been produced starring Nicole Kidman and will be released later this year, as well as set up several high profile projects including “Seducing Ingrid Bergman” and “The Infinity Principle”.

Recently I caught up with Arash for an extended interview in which we covered a whole host of subjects.

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

Part 1: “I’m a great believer in breaking rules, and I’m a great believer in one size doesn’t fit everybody. We’re not lawyers. We’re not accountants. There is no right way of learning how to write a screenplay.”

Part 2: “So after 20 years of basically kind of being the ugly duckling in one country, suddenly in one screenplay everybody in another country opened the doors and said welcome…it made me believe in the Hollywood dream. And I still remember the first time I stepped onto Paramount’s lot in 2006 — it was like stepping into a fairly tale.”

Part 3: “I am a great believer in the psychology of character in screenplay. I think that almost any story becomes a visual enactment of the psychological dilemmas faced by the lead character. If you can make that connection, you elevate your characters to a mythic level.”

Part 4: “The essence and what fascinates me as a writer is that human condition. I think movies, for me, are always a metaphor for internal conflict. That’s how you get to actually really truthful and genuine characters that audiences can relate to.”

Part 5: “Every screenplay is a movie, every movie is at minimum a $10 to $20 million dollar start-up enterprise. For a brief period of time, you’re the general manager. No one can move unless you’ve written.”

Part 6: “I find that the theme grows from the characters… It’s, ‘What is my character trying to achieve? What do they love? What do they exemplify, and what are they afraid of?’ Those questions lead me to answer what the theme for the character is.”

Please stop by comments to thank Arash and ask any questions you may have.

Arash is repped by CAA.

Twitter: @arashamel.

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