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Bob Orci

Bob Orci

"Read the scripts of the movies you love."

Transformers | The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | Star Trek
Christopher Markus

Christopher Markus

"Persist, you will prevail."

Captain America: The Winter Soldier | The First Avenger | Thor 2: The Dark World
David Goyer

David Goyer

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

Batman Begins | Man of Steel | The Dark Knight
Simon Kinberg

Simon Kinberg

"Keep writing!"

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

Mark Webb

"Get inside the head of the character and deliver that to the audience."

Days of Summer | Amazing Spider-Man | Amazing Spider-Man 2
Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara

"LISTEN"

The Walking Dead | The Shield | Damien
Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor

"Keep it real"

Sideways | Jurassic Park 3 | About Schmidt

10-18

Vena Sud

"Watch everything, read everything."

The Killing | Cold Case | One Night
Meredith Stiehm

Meredith Stiehm

"What's important now? - WIN"

Cold Case | The Bridge | Homeland
James Wan

James Wan

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

Saw | Insidious | Furious 7
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
Mark L Smith

Mark L. Smith

"It's a battle of attrition- Just have to outlive the bastards!"

The Revenant | Vacancy | Vacancy 2: The First Cut

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Rhett Reese

Rhett Reese

"T-1000"

Deadpool | Zombieland | G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Paul Wernick

Paul Wernick

"Sit back down-"

Deadpool | Zombieland | G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Jonathan Herman

Jonathan Herman

"Write what you don't know."

Straight Outta Compton | Ghost in the Shell | Scarface
Andrea Berloff

Andrea Berloff

"Don't write what you know!."

Straight Outta Compton | World Trade Center | Blood Father
Matt Nix

Matt Nix

"Act out your scenes with blocking while you write."

Burn Notice | The Comedians | Complications
John McNamara

John McNamara

"Write. Now."

Trumbo | Aquarius | Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Cary Fukunaga

Cary Fukunaga

"Outline Outline Outline, then write fast. Write 10 pages a day. Then the next day edit that. And write 10 more. If your stuck on a scene, skip it. What ever you do, once you have the momentum, don't stop. And when yo don't force it and write shit until it isn't shit."

Beasts of No Nation | Jane Eyre | True Detective
Richard Shepard

Richard Shepard

"Get off the Internet!"

Dom Hemingway | The Hunting Party | The Matador
James Vanderbilt

James Vanderbilt

"Make stuff. As much as you can."

Independence Day: Resurgence |The Amazing Spider-Man | Zodiac

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Kate Siegel

Kate Siegel

"When in doubt - breath."

Hush | Oculus | The Curse of the Black Dahlia
Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan

"Never give up. Never. No matter what anybody tells you, or how frustrated you are.."

Hush | Oculus | Absentia
Bill Taub

Bill Taub

"Write what you want to see!"

Writer | Producer | Instructor
Linda Wolverton

Linda Wolverton

"It's not the castle. It's the path to the castle that make a life."

Beauty and the Beast | Alice in Wonderland | The Lion King
Max Landis

Max Landis

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

Chronicle | Power Rangers | American Ultra
Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan

"Your opinion is as valued as anyone else."

Philomena | Alan Partridge | Despicable Me 2
Graham Henman

Graham Henman

"Never let/catch your actors acting."

Bone In The Throat | Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce | Architecture of Reassurance
Fred Schepisi

Fred Schepisi

"Persist, you will prevail."

Roxanne | Six Degrees of Separation | A Cry in the Dark
Winnie Holzman

Winnie Holzman

"Do your best and let go of the result!."

My So-Called Life | Once and Again | Roadies

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John Strauss

John Strauss

"THERE IS NO SUBSTITURE FOR WRITING EVERY SINGLE DAY. WRITE WRITE WRITE."

Mozart In The Jungle | There's Something About Mary | The Santa Clause 2
David Gelb

David Gelb

"When telling a story, lean into the truth."

Jiro Dreams of Sushi | Chef's Table | The Lazarus Effect
佐藤信介 Sato Shinsuke

佐藤信介 Sato Shinsuke

"作り続けること" (Keep making things)"

Death Note: Light Up the New World | I Am a Hero | The Time of Death
Ali Adler

Ali Adler

"YOU MUST ACTUALLY PUT YOUR ASS IN CHAIR EVERYDAY AND WRITE."

Supergirl | Chuck | The New Normal
Melissa Rosenburg

Melissa Rosenburg

"Don't give up"

Jessica Jones | Twilight | Dexter
Chris Brancato

Chris Brancato

"Trust your instincts."

Narcos | Hannibal | Law & Order
Aline Brosh McKenna

Aline Brosh McKenna

"No adverbs."

The Devil Wears Prada | 27 Dresses | We Bought a Zoo
Edward Ricourt

Edward Ricourt

"Don't be afraid to say no."

Now You See Me | Now You See Me 2 | Jessica Jones
Hilly Hicks

Hilly Hicks

"Read, watch, listen to everything."

Chicago Fire Chicago Fire | Army Wives | Jessica Jones

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Micah Schraft

Micah Schraft

"Write something great. Don't write what you think people want. Write the character you want + the world will come to you."

The Quiet | Celeste in the City | Jessica Jones
Dana Baratta

Dana Baratta

"Find a group of fellow writers and meet once a week. Hone your craft."

Dawson's Creek | Andre | Jessica Jones
Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds

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

Dexter | Jessica Jones | Iron Fist
Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom

"Your chorus is your thesis statement."

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | Robot Chicken | Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury
Aaron & Todd Helbing

Aaron & Todd Helbing

"Read scripts." "What what you want to see."

The Flash | Spartacus: War of the Damned | Carnivàle
Marc Guggenheim

Marc Guggenheim

"Cut away the text and what you're left with is subtext."

Green Lantern | Arrow | Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Phil Klemmer

Phil Klemmer

"Make it so it's easy to throw your words away by throwing lots of words away."

Legends of Tomorrow | Chuck | The Tomorrow People
Terry Matalas

Terry Matalas

"Write for you..."

12 Monkeys | Star Trek: Enterprise | Terra Nova
Travis Fickett

Travis Fickett

"Finish it. Even if it's terrible. Otherwise, it will always haunt you."

12 Monkeys | Nikita | Terra Nova

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Moira Kirland

Moira Kirland

"Write what you love."

Castle | Medium | Arrow
Cole Haddon

Cole Haddon

"Watch movies from every corner of the globe."

Leviathan | Dracula | Zombie Broadway
David Fry

David Fry

"As for dialog... Keep it short and funny. Punchy, as they say."

Unknowns | Shifting Faults | A Night in Old Mexico
Bob Nelson

Bob Nelson

"Write something true. Write the film you want to see, but most oft, WRITE!."

Nebraska | The Confirmation | Highston
Mark Townend

Mark Townend

"Conflict in every scene."

Bone In The Throat | The Man from When
Michael Green

Michael Green

"If you are stuck on some part - skip to a part you are not stuck on + enjoy that. This is fun!"

Green Lantern | Everwood | Heroes
Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman

"Write from your heart. Let yourself be vulnerable to bringing in personal history/emotion."

Inside Out | Monsters University | Brave
Jim Uhls

Jim Uhls

"Don't outline the whole story at first. Write scenes to get "the scent of blood"."

Fight Club | Jumper | Semper Fi
Dave Boyle

Dave Boyle

"Don't do it till you're sure it works"

Man from Reno | Daylight Savings | Surrogate Valentine

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Nash Edgerton

Nash Edgerton

"Make what you want to see"

The Matrix | Superman Returns | Matrix Reloaded
Peter Blake

Peter Blake

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

House | The Practice | Hemlock Grove
John Slattery

John Slattery

"Don't talk too much."

Mad Men | Spotlight | Iron Man 2
Phillip Iscove

Phillip Iscove

"Be true to yourself!"

The Island of Dr. Moreau | Sleepy Hollow
Douglas Petrie

Douglas Petrie

"Be kind to yourself and your ideas today. Now is not the time to edit, cut or criticize. Now is the time to create. Be kind."

Daredevil | Buffy the Vampire Slayer | CSI
Steven S. DeKnight

Steven S. DeKnight

"Nobody knows nothing!! Follow your gut!"

Spartacus: War of the Damned | Gods of the Arena | Smallville
Christos N. Gage

Christos N. Gage

"Be honest + don't take the honesty personally."

Daredevil | Paradox | Teenage Caveman
Drew Goddard

Drew Goddard

"Trust your gut. Write what you want to see. Don't stop until you cry."

The Martian | World War Z | The Cabin in the Woods
Julius Avery

Julius Avery

"Trust your instincts."

Son of a Gun | Jerrycan | Yardbird

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Matt Manfredi

Matt Manfredi

"Every character gets a soliloqy. (stolen from Richard LaGravenese)"

R.I.P.D. | Clash of the Titans | Ride Along
Phil Hay

Phil Hay

"Write what interests you that day, no matter were it occurs in the story. "

The Invitation | Clash of the Titans | Æon Flux
Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama

"Treat your actors with kindness and brutal gentle honesty."

Æon Flux | Jennifer's Body | Girlfight
Sam Catlin

Sam Catlin

"Make a decision. Move on."

Preacher | Rake | Breaking Bad
Sara Goodman

Sara Goodman

"Writing is the only thing that makes the fear of writing go away."

Preacher | Outsiders | Gossip Girl
Craig Rosenburg

Craig Rosenburg

"For aspiring writers: the only failure is to quit writing."

Preacher | The Uninvited | Lost
Nick Towne

Nick Towne

"Listen."

Preacher | Deadwood | Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along
Mary Laws

Mary Laws

"Write about what your'e afraid of."

Preacher | The Neon Demon | Blueberry Toast
Andy Paterson

Andy Paterson

"Structure is everything."

The Railway Man | Burning Man | Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn

"Don't be afraid of a really bad 1rst draft!"

Sharp Objects | Gone Girl | Dark Places
David Fincher

David Fincher

"Listen to no one."

Gone Girl | House of Cards | Fight Club
Craig DiGregorio

Craig DiGregorio

"Please. Don't take yourself too seriously".

Chuck | Workaholics | Ash vs Evil Dead
Mick Garris

Mick Garris

"Don't listen to those naysayers!"

Maybe from Simpsons Event?
VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

"Always finish. Don't stop in the middle."

Justified | The Jury | The Player

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Producers & Costume

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

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"Make a film you want to see!"

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"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"

Credits

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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Write What You Know
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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