Posts tagged ‘writing process’

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.

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January 26, 2012

Quote of the Day: Joseph Heller

I can’t start writing until I have a closing line.

January 19, 2012

Quote of the Day: Winston Churchill

Substitute the word “script” for the word “book.”

Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.

January 4, 2012

Quote of the Day: Truman Capote

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

October 31, 2011

Quote of the Day: Ray Bradbury

My stories run up and bite me in the leg. I respond by writing them down – everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.

October 5, 2011

The Trick to a Script Like Bridesmaids: Write, Then Rewrite, Then Rewrite…

This new article from Living the Romantic Comedy delves into the writing process that Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo went through to get to the funniest possible film — they wrote, then they re-wrote a dozen-plus times, and then they embraced a lot of improv in the actual filming (download the script here). There’s a big lesson to be learned here about not settling for the first or even the tenth idea that comes to you:

In the “Line-o-Rama” bonus on the just-released Bridesmaids DVD, a bonanza of alternate takery, there’s one sequence where Melissa McCarthy improvises variations on the same brief line, over and over again, trying out a different gag every time. How many takes? Reader, I counted them: there are forty-eight.

The last question asked in the Q & A of my Screenwriting Expo seminar on “Comedy Craft for the Contemporary Romantic Comedy” came out of discussing Bridesmaids, which I’d worked on as a story analyst at Universal. I’d shown some clips from it and mentioned the screenplay’s long (3-4 years) gestation, noting how co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo had been in the enviable position of writing and rewriting on the studio’s dime, under the guidance of producer Judd Apatow.

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September 14, 2011

Quote of the Day: Greg Marcks

A structural approach to screenwriting requires patience and discipline, but the rewards are great. You might find if you spend three weeks hammering out your story, the actual screenwriting will take only a week.

August 22, 2011

Quote of the Day: Alan Swyer

Once you’ve got your character – who by then hopefully has a name – what often helps is to do some daydreaming.

July 19, 2011

Quote of the Day: Vladamir Nabakov

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.

July 1, 2011

Quote of the Day: Elias Canetti

The process of writing has something infinite about it.  Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.