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: Chris Sparling

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Screenwriting 101: Justin Marks

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Screenwriting 101: Jon Boyer

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Screenwriting 101: Albert Brooks

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Screenplay“I got so good at writing to a budget, my brain was restricting myself. I’d write, It’s a stormy night. Then I’d cross out stormy. I’d write: It’s a calm night. Then I’d cross out night. It’s noon. Because you know how much night costs. You know how much rain costs. Nothing comes free in movies.”

— Albert Brooks

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Screenwriting 101: Mike Sweeney

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Screenwriting 101: Martin Scorsese

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“The films that I constantly revisit have held up for me over the years not because of plot but because of character.”

— Martin Scorsese