Writers to admire

One director’s take on ‘write what you know’

Director Michael Haneke was interviewed in a recent issue of Paris Review. This is what he said when asked whether drawing on your own experience and background is good or necessary: “I’ve never seen good results from people trying to speak about things they don’t know firsthand. They will talk about Afghanistan, about children in […]

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Richard Linklater’s no-formula movie plots

At fastcreate.com, Director Richard Linklater, recently feted for his film, Boyhood, shares his approach to coming up with the structure of his films: “There are a lot of stories in the world, and I spend all my time thinking about how to tell them. That, to me, is the cinematic element. That’s the hard part: […]

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The Pixar way to start your screenplay

This is a great explanation of the traditional, three-act structure way to start your screenplay, illustrated with examples from Pixar movies, and focusing on how the process was applied to Toy Story 3. The narrator is writer Michael Arndt, whose credits also include the wonderful Little Miss Sunshine. My only quibble is that it suggests that […]

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