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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.
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)
"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)
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)
"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)
"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)
"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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