Screenwriting 101: John Gary

April 26th, 2016 by


“A movie is about an emotional struggle. The physical struggle is a manifestation of that.”

— John Gary

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Screenwriting 101: Scott Derrickson

April 19th, 2016 by

Screenwriting 101: William Goldman

April 12th, 2016 by


“Screenplays don’t have to read like an instruction manual for a refrigerator. You can write them as a pleasurable read.”

— William Goldman

Screenwriting 101: Terry Rossio

April 5th, 2016 by


“Plot problems are always character solutions.”

Terry Rossio

Screenwriting 101: Damien Chazelle

March 29th, 2016 by

Screenplay“I know my strengths, and I know my weaknesses… I’m very good at sitting around and brainstorming, thinking up ideas and mapping them out in my head. What I’m not good at is getting them onto a piece of paper or a computer screen.

Everything is a little more perfect in your head. Once you have to start making concrete choices—one word over another or one name over another or one color over another–then suddenly everything gets worse.

The process of actually putting stuff onto paper is almost always a really, really tough one. There are moments of exhilaration when you’re shooting on set, and while editing. Editing is maybe my favorite part of the entire process. Writing is the worst. I do that in order to be able to get on set.

I also come at it from the point of view of someone who’s going to direct, so it’s a little bit different. The end goal is always in my mind. I think truly great writers–whether they’re screenwriters or novelists or poets, it doesn’t matter—are able to make something that stands alone. You can read a William Goldman script and have as full an experience as you would watching the movie that results. I aspire to that level of craft as a writer, but I don’t think I quite achieve it.”

— Damien Chazelle

Screenwriting 101: Nora Ephron

March 22nd, 2016 by


“Don’t write what they want, they don’t know what they want, just make it GOOD.”

— Nora Ephron

Screenwriting 101: Craig Borten

March 15th, 2016 by

Screenplay“For me, it’s the characters, breaking the characters. That’s what I spend most of my time with. Once I’ve done that, character will speak to plot and story. Once I know who they are and where they’re headed, then the other stuff’s a lot easier.”

— Craig Borten

Screenwriting 101: John August

March 8th, 2016 by

Screenplay“If you have four ideas, all equally viable, I’d recommend writing the one that has the best ending. That’s the one you’ve thought through the most, and the one you’re least likely to abandon midway.”

— John August

Screenwriting 101: Akira Kurosawa

March 1st, 2016 by

Screenplay“With a good script a good director can produce a masterpiece; with the same script a mediocre director can make a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can’t possibly make a good film.”

— Akira Kurosawa

Screenwriting 101: Stanley Kubrick

February 23rd, 2016 by

Screenplay“A film is — or should be — more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”

— Stanley Kubrick

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