Posts tagged ‘Terry Rossio’

October 2, 2013

Terry Rossio on Finding a Uniquely Compelling Screenplay Concept

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a writer is having someone in power tell you that your writing is great and your story is entertaining, but your concept isn’t sellable. Or it’s not quite compelling enough, or too complicated, or whatever. Having that perfect concept is the first key to writing a script that people will actually want to buy. But how do you find your concept? And how do you know when it’s strong enough?

Terry Rossio has weighed in on this very subject on his website, Wordplayer:

As a screenwriter and novice film producer, people send me screenplays. Like everyone else in town, I’d love to find that next great script, discover that next great talent. And having read and commented on several hundred scripts, let me tell you the single most common problem I’ve found:

Lack of a good concept.

Very often the screenwriter has picked, right from the start, a concept that even in its best form isn’t the type of story that sells to Hollywood.

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September 25, 2013

Screenwriter Profile: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio

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Writing team Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio are the highest grossing screenwriters of all time. They’ve written a number of films for Disney including Shrek, Aladdin, and The Pirates of the Caribbean films. These guys are in their early fifties, and it looks like they have decades more of amazing stories in front of them.

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September 24, 2013

Shrek Script

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Here is the script for Shrek written by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio based on the book by William Steig. Notice that it is labeled the “Twenty First Draft.” If you’re feeling less than motivated to carry on with your writing, read this and remember that even the greats rewrite like crazy.

September 20, 2013

The Highest-Grossing Screenwriters of All Time

Thomas Mentel recently shared a list of the five highest-grossing screenwriters of all time (meaning their films have made the most money collectively, not necessarily themselves). There are probably some names on this list that you don’t know, but you absolutely should. One name not on the list worth noting is Melissa Rosenburg — the highest-grossing female screenwriter of all time (due primarily to her work on the Twilight series).

Here are a few excerpts from Mentel’s list:

5. David S. Goyer – $1.91 Billion (The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises)

Goyer has made a career out of being the go-to screenwriter for comic adaptations for the screen. However, he’s also had a lot of duds over the years with films like Sony’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Fox’s Jumper. But overall, he’s been a consistent player for Warner for over a decade with films like the Blade trilogy and the well-regarded sci-fi film Dark City.

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September 19, 2012

Script: Pirates of the Caribbean

In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, here is Pirates of the Caribbean, written by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio.