Posts tagged ‘Kirsten Smith’

July 17, 2013

The Un-Rules of Screenwriting: Kirsten Smith’s List

(Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new series of articles here at LA Screenwriter. Let us know what you think!)

E.B. White wrote that there are “no inflexible rules by which the young writer may steer his course. He will often find himself steering by stars that are disturbingly in motion.”

We at LA Screenwriter have found that novice screenwriters often struggle with the problem of “the rules,” erring either on the side of formula or of complete disregard for structure. With that in mind, we’ve asked working writers what rules–either flexible or inflexible–guide their writing.

Our first list of “un-rules” comes from Kirsten Smith, screenwriter (along with her writing partner, Karen McCullah) of The Ugly Truth, Legally Blonde, and 10 Things I Hate About You, to name a few.

In no particular order, Kirsten’s rules are:

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July 10, 2013

Script: The Ugly Truth


The Ugly Truth script was written by Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith.

July 10, 2013

Screenwriter Profile: Kirsten Smith & Karen McCullah

24ande.2.500The Writers:

Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah are the powerhouse duo behind some of the biggest  “chick flicks” of the last fifteen years. Several of their films, however, have transcended the diminutive term and established themselves as gender-stereotype-surpassing cultural phenomenons. True, you’d be hard-pressed to find a man who will admit that Legally Blonde is his favorite film, but you’d have an even harder time finding a guy who didn’t secretly love every second of it. Smith and McCullah are the creative powers behind such hits as 10 Things I Hate About You and The Ugly Truth.

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March 28, 2012

Script: Legally Blonde

Here is the shooting draft for Legally Blonde. This script was written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith.

September 19, 2011

Script: 10 Things I Hate About You

This one is an oldie but a goodie, and a great resource for those screenwriters (like myself) who are working on adaptations of Shakespeare. 10 Things I Hate About You is a modernization of The Taming of the Shrew. It would be good to take a look at if you’re having trouble figuring out how to honor your original source material while modernizing it and making it your own. This script is written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith.