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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

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Jeff Wadlow

Jeff Wadlow

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

Truth or Dare | The Strain | Bates Motel
Jay Kogen

Jay Kogen

"Write something that only you can express."

School of Rock | Simpsons | Frasier
Robert Cargill

Robert Cargill

"Character is choice. Make all of the choices interesting!"

Doctor Strange | Sinister | Sinister 2
Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith

"It's not final until it's final."

Better Call Saul | Breaking Bad | Outsiders
Liz Hannah

Liz Hannah

"Don't be afraid."

The Post | Reign Over Me | Skin
Jennie Snyder Urman

Jennie Snyder Urman

"Everyone is working so hard!"

Charmed | Jane the Virgin | Emily Owens M.D.

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Abby Kohn

Abby Kohn

"What do you really want to put out into the world?"

Never Been Kissed | How to Be Single | I Feel Pretty
Marc Silverstein

Marc Silverstein

"There is nothing worth looking at on the Internet."

Never Been Kissed | How to Be Single | I Feel Pretty
Cory Finley

Cory Finley

"Give the audiance only enough information to keep them engaged and un-confused - nothing more."

Thoroughbreds | Burning Rainbow Farm | Sauna
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
Alex Garland

Alex Garland

"Make the plot relate directly to the themes."

Annihilation | Ex Machina | 28 Days Later
James Wan

James Wan

"Start with low budget to have creative freedom. Make it unique!

Saw | Insidious | Furious 7

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Vena Sud

"Watch everything, read everything."

The Killing | Cold Case | One Night
Colin Trevorrow

Colin Trevorrow

"Trust your instincts"

Jurassic World | Safety Not Guaranteed | Star Wars: Episode IX
Ed Soloman

Ed Soloman

"Stay open, keep moving, be patient, work hard"

Men in Black | Now You See Me | Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Pam Veasey

Pam Veasey

"Think outside the box!"

CSI: NY | In Living Color | The District
Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander

"Don't print out until you get to the end. And don't give anyone your first draft!"

Big Eyes| Man on the Moon | Ed Wood
Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski

"Get to work!"

Big Eyes | Ed Wood | Man on the Moon

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Lynette Howell Taylor

Lynette Howell Taylor

"1. Never write your first draft for a budget. 2. Don't write for other people's percieved adgenda. 3. Write what you know."

Captain Fantastic | The Place Beyond the Pines | Blue Valentine
Jamie Patricof

Jamie Patricof

"Write what you know."

Captain Fantastic | The Place Beyond the Pines | Blue Valentine
Terry Dresbach

Terry Dresbach

"Always remember costumes tell as story!!"

Outlander | The Shield | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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KyEZ

KyEZ

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

Wish I could read the signature
Kevin

Kevin

"Be original!"

Wish I could remember his last name
Mystery

Joni R. Cw?

"Don't be like me."

Really can't read this one.
Mystery

a Big S

"Sit your ass in the chair and type."

Really need to write these down sooner.
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G. H...

"Would a real person actually do or say that?"

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Cgbarum?

"Make a film you want to see!"

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S or J or ...fl?

"You can't pick your first job...
But you can pick your second."

Maybe from Simpsons Event?
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Luke Kat???

""Write what you want to see. Never cater to friends or follow.""

wish I wrote who this is down.
Screenwriter

Screenwriter

"Quote"

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Can't believe I forgot to write down their names on the back of the card like the others.
I just figured I could read their signatures. I am sure that the following have written cards: So they could be some of the mystery cards people, but I don't see it...
Aaron Covington, writer of Creed, Meg Le Fauve, writer of Pixar's Inside Out, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, writers of Spotlight.
The Scriptnotes guys, Craig and John have cards that I can't seem to find too.Will add to the list as I remember.

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Writers: David S. Goyer
Credits: Batman Begins, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight

Goyer said the sequence in Batman Begins where Bruce Wayne travels to Bhutan was inspired by his own experience traveling in his 20s. As he wrote " Man of Steel" he admitted, "I already had a hard time identifying with Superman"—until he became both a father for the first time and a stepfather over the course of the year he spent writing the screenplay. "I thought, 'holy shit,'" he recalled. "It's about a guy who's got a stepdad and a dad, and that completely unlocked it for me." (Film Indie Panel)

Writer: Carlton Cuse
Credits: Lost, Colony, The Strain, Bates Motel

"I think people who aspire to be writers can be looking for the perfect, ideal condition. I've learned to have no preciousness about the process. I can write for 15 minutes in an airport lounge, I can write on a plane, I can write at the coffee shop for 20 minutes. One of the keys is doing little increments of work all the time as opposed to thinking you need to have some big chunk of time to do something creative. Those little pods of time really add up to a meaningful amount of creative work." (USA Today)

Writer: Meg LeFauve
Credits: Inside Out

Meg said a character should evolve in every scene, but should also be active in every scene—which she identifies as the problem she sees the most with first-time screenwriters. "The main character [is] not actually creating the movie; all the characters around them are creating the movie, and they're reacting and responding to it," she said. "I think that's actually very natural because in your mind, you're not actually creating your life. You're just responding to your life. It's not true, but that's what you believe." (Film Indie)

Writer: Brian Koppelman
Credits: Ocean's Thirteen, Rounders, The Illusionist, Six Second Screenwriting Lessons' on Vine

"All screenwriting books are bullshit. ALL. Watch movies. Read screenplays. Let them be your guide. 'Write what you know' works, but it's limiting. Write what fascinates you. Write what you can't stop thinking about." (Transcribed Six Seconds Vine)

Writer: Bryan 'Locke' Naegele
Credits: Quoted by John August

"The first reason to read bad scripts is to constantly expose yourself to what doesn't work. Don't learn from your own mistakes, learn from others. That's my motto. That way yours are much more manageable because they're fewer. You become hyper-aware of flat characters, shotty dialogue, predictability, clichés, etc." (quoted by John August)

Writer: Ray Bradbury
Credits: Farenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles

"The problem with novels is that you can spend a whole year writing one and it might not turn out well because you haven't learned to write yet. But the best hygiene for beginning writers or intermediate writers is to write a hell of a lot of short stories. If you can write one short story a week—it doesn't matter what the quality is to start—but at least you're practicing and at the end of the year you have 52 short stories and I defy you to write 52 bad ones. It can't be done." (Link)

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