With awards season upon us, we took a look into our archives to round up some of the screenwriters and award winners who have been featured in our pages.
The Writer screenwriter roundup
Academy Award-winning movie: The Social Network
Academy Award-nominated movie: A Few Good Men
In The Writer: “Some people want characters they can identify with or aspire to be, some people want a gripping plot, musical dialogue, etc. What you need to do is find a way to engage the audience for however long you’ve asked for their attention.”
Book: Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
Movie: Being Flynn
In The Writer: “When I’m on a project, it’s good to be immersed in it, to return to it, daily.”
David C. Taylor
Documentarian: Extraordinary Fidelity, The Spy in the Hanoi Hilton, JFK: A Presidency Revealed
In The Writer: “I have killed many of my darlings, but remember few of them. If a voice in the back of your head suggests even for a second that something does not belong, cut it.”
Independent Spirit Award-nominated movie: The End of the Tour
In The Writer: “The thing that I absolutely live by is you have to tell the truth. I know that sounds very simplistic. But I think that…if you’re enjoying yourself too much and if you’re intruding too much on a character or the voice of a character, [or] if you find that you’re stepping back from that character and that situation and you’re commenting on it – you’re not doing your job.”
Check out some more screenwriters who have been featured in The Writer with last year’s roundup.