Posts tagged ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

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.

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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