Screenwriting 101: Billy Ray

August 23rd, 2016 by

ScreenplayChinatown took 17 drafts. And none of us are as good as Robert Towne. Amadeus, I think, took 46. And none of us are as good as Peter Shaffer. All that means is the previous 45 of Amadeus, someone said, ‘Peter, you can do better.’ And I’m sure it pissed him off and hurt his feelings, but he kept writing, and he wound up with one of the best movies ever.”

— Billy Ray

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Screenwriting 101: Stephen Chin

August 16th, 2016 by

Screenplay“I’m an outsider, I didn’t go to film school, I didn’t grow up in Beverly Hills. But outsiders have other gifts. You have other insights, by virtue of the fact that you have lived in other worlds.”

— Stephen Chin (New York Times, Aug. 12, 2016)


Screenwriting 101: William Goldman

August 9th, 2016 by

Screenplay“I don’t know what it means, a ‘perfect script’. I think you want to basically figure out the fucking story and stay on the story as long as you can and as closely as you can, and end it. When you start telling yourself, ‘I want to write a great story,’ all you’re gonna do is castrate yourself and get into deeper and deeper trouble. It’s hard to do anyway. It’s no fun going into your pit everyday and try to get 2 or 3 or 5 pages. ‘Coz some days you don’t do anything. Then you think, ‘Why’? Then what if you have two crappy days in a row, then you’re really in deep shit. You just want to get it done and you pray someone will like it.”

— William Goldman

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Screenwriting 101: Joe Forte

August 2nd, 2016 by

Screenplay“If you just define yourself as a screenwriter and you have a bad day writing, then that’s your whole world. You’re building your life on this very singular pylon. It’s important to remember you’re a brother or a sister or a father or a boyfriend, but also that you have interests and hobbies that feed you and nourish you and bring ideas in and balance you out.”

— Joe Forte

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Screenwriting 101: Peter Hyams

July 19th, 2016 by

Screenplay“If I want to make a film, I’m asking somebody for money. The only reason why they’re going to give me money is they think they’re going to make more money back. If they didn’t think they were going to make more money than they gave me, they’d be idiots.”

— Peter Hyams

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Screenwriting 101: Adam Rifkin

June 28th, 2016 by

Screenplay“If you’re a purist and you don’t want your words touched, you should either be a novelist or an author. Because if you’re going to be a screenplay writer and expect that your words are going to be treated like gold, that’s just not reality.”

— Adam Rifkin

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Screenwriting 101: John August

June 21st, 2016 by

Screenplay“Sometimes it’s like, you wrote one really good sentence. You may never get called out for it, the props for it you deserve, but you know you wrote a really good sentence. Unlike a lot of jobs in this business, at least you have the pages you wrote. A director doesn’t have anything unless someone gives him permission to make a movie. A writer can always write a script. That’s one of the great luxuries we have: Words are cheap.”

— John August

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Screenwriting 101: Christopher McQuarrie

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Screenwriting 101: Justin Marks

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