Posts tagged ‘famous screenwriters’

March 15, 2013

Video: 5 Great Screenwriters Talk Craft

Christopher Boone of NoFilmSchool.com has put together five videos of award-winning screenwriters talking about their writing process. Boone writes:

Today I present to you five award-winning screenwriters discussing their approach to the craft of screenwriting. You may want to get a snack or even a small meal because some of these videos are long, but all of them offer unique insights into how each of these writers (or writing teams) approach a story, and then break the story down into screenplay format. Hopefully, these videos will educate and inspire you as you work on your own screenwriting craft.

Check out all of the videos at NoFilmSchool.com.

July 12, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Cameron Crowe

The Writer:

Cameron Crowe is responsible for some of the most iconic films of the last thirty years. He started his writing career when he was just 15 years old and submitted articles about music to Rolling Stone (his script Almost Famous is loosely inspired by this experience). The writer/director behind such classics as Say Anything and Jerry Maguire (a script which took him twenty drafts to get right), Crowe won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Almost Famous and was nominated for Jerry Maguire.

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June 5, 2012

Screenwriter Profile: Joel & Ethan Coen

The Writers:

Often referred to simply as the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen are the creative force behind such cult classics and acclaimed cinematic feats as Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, and True Grit. The brothers have been making films together since childhood, and they always write, direct, and produce their projects together (though sometimes Joel takes the sole directing credit and Ethan takes the producing credit). True Hollywood elite, these guys have been nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Screenplay multiple times and have  won Best Picture once (No Country for Old Men) and Best Screenplay twice (Fargo, No Country for Old Men).

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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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November 14, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: John Hughes

The Writer:

Few writers see the level of mega-success that John Hughes achieved in his short 59 years. Hughes was the undisputed master of teen angst with such hits as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, and he went on to become the king of the family film with such blockbuster hits as Home Alone and Beethoven. While some of his later films might have been a bit on the cheesy side (he used a pen name for a few of his… let’s call them “less artsy” films) they all have one thing in common: a whole lot of heart.

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October 27, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: Shane Black

Every screenwriter should read scripts, watch movies, write, write, rewrite, and write.

But there’s an often overlooked task that up-and-coming screenwriters should add to that to-do list: Learn about other screenwriters. Knowing who the players are, who the legends are, who wrote your favorite films, who has had the most commercial success — it’s all valuable information that will help us writers move forward in our own careers.

So let’s start this series off with one of the fathers of the action genre, Shane Black.

The Writer:

Shane Black is known for his sparse writing style and his prowess in the action/adventure genre. He sold the script for Lethal Weapon in 1987 at the age of 22. Black holds the record for the largest sum paid for a spec script — $4 million for The Long Kiss Goodnight.

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