Posts tagged ‘Charlie Kaufman’

July 22, 2013

Quote of the Day: Charlie Kaufman

I don’t think screenwriting is therapeutic. It’s actually really, really hard for me. It’s not an enjoyable process.

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July 17, 2013

Quote of the Day: Charlie Kaufman

I think if I’ve worked anything through with screenwriting it’s that I’m not going to be able to work anything through.

March 22, 2013

Quote of the Day: Charlie Kaufman

I don’t know what the hell a third act is.

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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September 12, 2012

Script: Adaptation

Adaptation was written by Charlie Kaufman (and Donald Kaufman).

June 12, 2012

Script: Being John Malkovich

This is the first draft of Being John Malkovich written by Charlie Kaufman.

November 29, 2011

Script: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This first draft of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is available at Charlie Kaufman’s website along with a number of his other scripts. The site is a treasure trove — explore it thoroughly.

September 28, 2011

Charlie Kaufman’s Take on Screenwriting

Charlie Kaufman is far and away one of my favorite working screenwriters. He’s written such meta masterpeices as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, and Adaptation. In this recent interview, Kaufman offers his perspective on screenwriting and the business of film:

On studio filmmaking…

‘In a lot of movies, especially big studio ones, they’re not constructed in any other way than to get people to like them and then tell their friends. It’s a product. It’s like building a Buick. I don’t think the studios would even argue with that. It’s a very big business, a very risky business, and they want some sort of certainty that they’re going to succeed. They push certain buttons. But those movies aren’t interesting to me.’

On being seen as a ‘mathematical’ screenwriter…

‘I’ve heard people say that, and I don’t approach things that way. It often does come down to imagining different permutations of events. But I’m certainly not mathematical by training. I have a personality that tends to be somewhat compulsive, and I do tend to think in a circular way. I dwell on the same things over and over and I try to figure out different ways of looking at the same issue.’

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April 25, 2011

Free Online Master Class: Charlie Kaufman

I know he’s not exactly everyone’s cup of tea, but I think Charlie Kaufman is an absolute genius. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Being John Malcovich — all brilliant.

Charlie Kaufman is also the reason why my first three screenplays totally sucked — I wanted to be cool like him and break all the rules. But like any great screenwriter, the reason Charlie is able to break the rules is because he knows what they are.

Check out this awesome 72-minute master class that Charlie gave at the Göteborg Film Festival:

Charlie Kaufman Master Class