Interview: Michael Werwie (2012 Black List)

One of the best ways to learn the craft is read what professional screenwriters have to say about it. To that end for the next few weeks, I will be featuring interviews I have conducted with Black List screenwriters.

Today: Michael Werwie’s original screenplay “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” not only won the young screenwriter a 2012 Nicholl fellowship, it also landed on the 2012 Black List. He is also adapting the novel “Lost Girls” for Amazon Studios.

Michael was kind enough to agree to an interview and recently we had a wide-ranging hour-long conversation in which we covered a lot of territory related to screenwriting.

Here are links to all five installments of my January 2013 interview with Michael:

Part 1: “So by the time I got to my 10th or 11th script, I just started writing whatever I felt like writing, regardless of genre, and trusted that I had the skill and craft to do it well.”

Part 2: “It all began with a character, a tone, and my own obsession.”

Part 3: “I was on the phone with one of my managers as it was being announced on Twitter and we were both in suspense. It was all very exciting.”

Part 4: “The two scripts that have done the most for my career both began as character concepts.”

Part 5: “If I can force myself to crank out a first draft, it becomes a lot easier for me to go back and assess it in an analytical way.”

Michael is repped by UTA and Evolution Entertainment.

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