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David Goyer

David Goyer

"Writing is rewriting. Revise. Revise. Revisit."

Batman Begins | Man of Steel | The Dark Knight

Scriptnotes Podcast 5/15/2014

Simon Kinberg

Simon Kinberg

"Keep writing!."

X-Men: Days of Future Past | Apocalypse | The Last Stand

WGA-F Event 10/14/2014

Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith

"I don't care if you're not into it today, Keep Writing."

Dark Shadows | Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

WritingPad Event 3/6/2015

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Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele

"Never lose sight of why you started this script."

Get Out | Keanu | Key Peele
Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig

"Don't afraid to be bored. On the other side of boredom is magic."

Frances Ha | Mistress America | Lady Bird
Steven Rogers

Steven Rogers

"Be kind to yourself."

I Tonya | Love the Coopers | P.S. I Love You
Scott Neustadter

Scott Neustadter

"Don't think yourself our of it!!!"

The Disaster Artist | 500 Days of Summer | The Spectacular Now
Michael Weber

Michael Weber

"Write everyday."

The Disaster Artist | 500 Days of Summer | The Spectacular Now
Emily Gordon

Emily Gordon

"Remember the headline of the story you want to tell. When you get bogged down in details + hate the world, it'll save you."

The Big Sick | Crashing | The Carmichael Show
Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani

"Just write. Doesn't have to be good. Take the pressure off yourself."

The Big Sick | Life as We Know It | Central Intelligence
Virgil Williams

Virgil Williams

"Calm the fuck down and write."

Mudbound | Criminal Minds | The Chicago Code
David Branson Smith

David Branson Smith

"Challange yourself to take on risks with your story, explore characters you want to know more about, create worlds that reflect every corner of your imagination, but always remember that as a craftsman you can only be great at one thing. Do that thing better than anyone else."

Ingrid Goes West | Enlightened | Field Trip

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Max Landis

Max Landis

"Stop looking at this notecard, Write five sentences, then look again."

Chronicle | Victor Frankenstein | American Ultra
Sato Shinsuke 佐藤信介

Sato Shinsuke 佐藤信介

"作り続けること (Keep making things)"

The Princess Blade | The Time of Death | I Am a Hero
Cole Haddon

Cole Haddon

"Watch movies from every corner of the globe."

Dracula
Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds

"Don't be the one in the writers room who tells everyone why an idea won't work. Bring ideas."

Dexter | Jessica Jones | Iron Fist
Peter Blake

Peter Blake

"X happens AND so Y happens... Repeat"

House | Elementary | Hemlock Grove
Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom

"Your chorus is your thesis statement."

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | Robot Chicken | Ray Bradbury

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Alex Garland

Alex Garland

"Make the plot relate directly to the themes."

Annihilation | Ex Machina | 28 Days Later
Aline BroshMcKenna

Aline BroshMcKenna

"Put many boats in the water"

The Devil Wears Prada | 27 Dresses | We Bought a Zoo
Mike Golamco

Mike Golamco

"Remember my own voice."

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Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom

"Meditate"

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | Robot Chicken | BoJack Horseman
Robert Eggers

Robert Eggers

"Trust youself."

The Witch | The Tell-Tale Heart | Hansel & Gretel
Jay Kogen

Jay Kogen

"When you think your script is great, it isn't. Keep rewriting."

The Simpsons | Frasier | Malcolm in the Middle

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