Posts tagged ‘bio’

March 22, 2013

Screenwriter Profile: Joe Eszterhas

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Joe Eszterhas is one of the most financially successful screenwriters of all time. After a bidding war, his script for Basic Instinct sold for $3 million, a record at the time — not to mention, a record he had already set and broken a few times already. He comes from the hay day of spec script sales, and he made a whole lot of dough off of his scripts for Flashdance, Music Box, and Showgirls, to name a few. 

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October 23, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Charlie Kaufman

 

The Writer:

Charlie Kaufman is one of my screenwriting heroes. People either hate his movies or love them, and I fall into the latter category. His stories and style exhibit a rare genius not often seen in big screen cinema. He’s one of the few writers who gets to break all the rules — something you’re only allowed to do if you’re a genius. Some of his most well known films include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, and Adaptation. He was nominated for an Oscar for all three and won for Eternal Sunshine.

Read this great interview with Charlie or watch this wonderful Master Class for more about his writing.

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March 20, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Quentin Tarantino

The Writer:

Few writers have a style quite as distinctive as Quentin Tarantino. He’s eccentric to be sure, but also a film genius. He’s the writer/director behind such classics as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill. Django Unchained, was one of the top scripts on the 2011 Black List.

A bit of trivia about Tarantino films: Every feature film he’s written features a scene in which at least three characters are all pointing their guns at each other.

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February 28, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Christopher Nolan

The Writer:

London-born Christopher Nolan is responsible for some of the best action-packed, mind-bending films of the last decade. A writer/director currently at the top of his game, Nolan is the creative force behind the latest Batman installments, Inception, and Memento. He’s the writer that aspiring screenwriters most desire to emulate, and the one one writer that they shouldn’t attempt to.

According to IMDB, Nolan’s favorite films are 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Black Hole (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Chinatown (1974), The Hitcher(1986), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Topkapi (1964), as well as anything by Stanley Kubrick.

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January 5, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Paddy Chayefsky

The Writer:

Paddy Chayefsky is one of those names that every writer should know. A top writer from the early days of television, late in his career Chayefsky scribed the cynical masterpiece, Network. Other highlights from his illustrious career include Marty and his work on Goodyear Playhouse. He remains the only person to hold three individual Academy Awards for writing — other writers who have won three all wrote with partners (Billy Wilder, Francis Ford Coppola. and Charles Brackett).

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December 13, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: Dustin Lance Black

The Writer:

By Hollywood standards Dustin Lance Black is still a very young writer, and yet he has already picked up an Oscar, found major success in film and television, and made his name as a screenwriting powerhouse. Most recently Black penned the script for J. Edgar, and a few years back he won the Academy Award for Milk. Aside from his writing pursuits, Black is also on the board of directors for the Trevor Project, a national crisis and suicide prevention organization that helps LGBT and Questioning young people who are facing familial rejection or considering suicide. 

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December 2, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: John Logan

The Writer:

John Logan may not be a name that you know, but you should. With a background as a playwright, Logan made the switch to the silver screen with his first spec script, Any Given Sunday. Most recently, Logan penned the script adaptation for Hugo. He’s also responsible for such films as Gladiator, The Aviator, and Rango. His eclectic credits all have one thing in common: great writing. Logan has been nominated for two Oscars, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and has won a Tony.

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November 28, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: Nora Ephron

The Writer:

Nora Ephron was the undisputed queen of the romantic comedy. Often writing in teams, Ephron earned an Oscar nod and a place in film history for her script When Harry Met Sally. Other classics she turned out included You’ve Got Mail, Julie & Julia, and Sleepless in Seattle. Beyond her screenwriting achievements, Ephron also directed, produced, published a novel, and a book of essays.

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November 18, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: Billy Wilder

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The Writer:

Billy Wilder is one of the great legends of screenwriting. His mix of classic comedies and riveting dramas set the standard for excellence in writing and directing.

Wilder was born in what is now Poland. He originally intended to become a lawyer then spent several years working as a journalist. He turned to screenwriting in 1929 and wrote scripts in Berlin until Hitler came to power in 1933. A man of Jewish descent, Wilder quickly emigrated to Paris then later to the United States. Wilder came to Hollywood not speaking a word of English but picked up the lingo and the business very quickly.

His greatest works include Some Like it Hot, Sunset Blvd., Sabrina, Double Indemnity, and The Apartment.

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