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David Goyer

David Goyer

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

Batman Begins | Man of Steel | The Dark Knight

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Simon Kinberg

Simon Kinberg

"Keep writing!."

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

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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
Scott Myers

Scott Myers

"Start with character, End with character, Find the story in between"

K-9 | Alaska | Trojan War
Michael Arndt

Michael Arndt

"Never condescend (emotional) to your hero."

The Force Awakens | Toy Story 3 | Inside Out
Joe Weisberg

Joe Weisberg

"When your're having problems, its always the same old reasons or something basic w/ your characters and story. Review the stuff you've known forever."

The Americans | Damages | Falling Skies
Matt Selman

Matt Selman

"Know where you are going - do not wavier from the path to the end that says what you want to say."

Simpsons | Simpsons Movie | Simpsons Take the Bowl
Jason Fuchs

Jason Fuchs

"Other people are working harder - so you go harder."

Minecraft The Movie | Wonder Woman | Pan

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Rob Greenberg

Rob Greenberg

"Story is king"

Overboard | Impastor | How I Met Your Mother
Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher

"Is there a way to make those 3 pretty good scenes become one excellent scene?"

Wedding Crashers | We're the Millers| Sirens
Kimberly Peirce

Kimberly Peirce

"Go for what you absolutely love - have fun - love it"

Boys Don't Cry | Stop-Loss | Carrie
Valerie Faris

Valerie Faris

"Just keep the pen moving, don't think too much."

Battle of the Sexes | Ruby Sparks | Little Miss Sunshine
Jonathan Dayton

Jonathan Dayton

"You only get one read of your script, don't share it till you are REALLY done."

Battle of the Sexes | Ruby Sparks | Little Miss Sunshine
Angela Robinson

Angela Robinson

"Live life."

Professor Marston the Wonder Women | True Blood | How to Get Away with Murder
Craig Gillespie

Craig Gillespie

"Follow your heart! Don't play it safe."

I Tonya | The Finest Hours | Million Dollar Arm
Sean Baker

Sean Baker

"Always do a silent take."

The Florida Project | Tangerine | Prince of Broadway
Jeff Wadlow

Jeff Wadlow

"When you're in a box the only way out is up."

Truth or Dare | The Strain | Bates Motel

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