Interview (Video): Katie Dippold (“Ghostbusters”)

July 17th, 2016 by

A DP/30 interview with Katie Dippold whose screenwriting credits include MADtv, Parks and Recreations, The Heat, and Ghostbusters (co-writer with director Paul Feig):

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Interview (Written): Katie Dippold (“Ghostbusters”)

July 16th, 2016 by

A Refinery 29 interview with Katie Dippold whose screenwriting credits include MADtv, Parks and Recreations, The Heat, and Ghostbusters (co-writer with director Paul Feig):

So obviously each of your four Ghostbusters — Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig — has their own very unique comedy style. Was that hard to blend together while writing the script?

“We actually wrote the characters first, before anyone was cast. It was important for me to write four distinct characters, think about their dynamics and what they would be like together, and then cast from there. Of course throughout the writing process there were certain people who kept popping into my mind, but I pretty much left that part up to Paul. And there was a lot of improv! Paul cast brilliant comedians for a reason: Because he wanted their minds in the movie so it could be as funny as possible. It was a really collaborative process.”

There are also so many subtle (and not so subtle) girl power moments in the movie, like a sea of men who are frozen while the women save the day, or a ghost who gets busted in his balls — literally. How intentional was that?

“For me, it was important to write this movie as if it were four men or four women starring in it. I didn’t want it to just feel like a gimmick, because that would be thin and pointless. So I tried to look at it as four Ghostbusters who are awesome and smart and humorous, and the fact that they are women would just be a bonus. But that being said: Of course some empowering winks and moments seeped in there.”

A featurette on Ghostbusters

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10 Screenwriters to Watch (2012)

November 29th, 2012 by

For the last 14 years, Variety has put an annual spotlight on 10 screenwriters to watch. Here are this year’s writers:

Patrick Aison

Reid Carolin

Derek Connolly

Katie Dippold

Bill Dubuque

Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman

Kelly Marcel

Ted Melfi

Chris Terrio

Ken Scott

For the other annual Variety lists I’ve covered since GITS started:

2008

2009

2010

2011

Spec Script Sale: Untitled Katie Dippold Project

March 29th, 2012 by

Chernin Entertainment acquires untitled female buddy cop action comedy from writer Katie Dippold.

Dippold, a writer and producer on “Parks and Recreation,” is repped by WME and 3 Arts.

By my count, this is the 30th spec script sale of 2012.

Last year this time, there were 24 spec sales.

Spec sales are up 25% year-to-date compared to 2011.

Congratulations, Katie Dippold.