Twenty years ago, I had the extraordinary privilege of meeting the screenwriter William Goldman, who passed away today. His death reminded me of the generosity and respect he afforded a completely green writer and left me with that sense of loss from what could have been. I don’t even remember what prompted me to write to him. During my studies at Oberlin College, I’d written a screenplay which sparked a desire to pursue filmmaking as a career. I’d been using the Alumni datab
SWAMP’s Coverage Workshop Information: How to Become a Hollywood (or SWAMP) Reader! INSTRUCTOR: Jenny Waldo Read as many scripts (ones that made successful movies) is helpful reference. Places to find scripts: http://www.script-o-rama.com/ Book reference: Reading for a Living: How to be a Professional Story Analyst for Film & Television by T.L. Katahn. Purpose of Coverage: Who is your audience? Where is this project coming from? Personality comes into play: what does this
I am often asked, as a writer and as a filmmaker, where ideas come from. It’s a question that I have a very strong reaction to because, where do ideas NOT come from? Who doesn’t have ideas? And that reminds me that people think and live and breathe in different ways. I think visually; I have to SEE it. I also have words, dialogue, arguments, rants, and other verbal insanity running through my head at all times. And when there aren’t words there are songs from the radio.