I’ve always found it pretty fascinating to get a glimpse inside the head of a writer and here Buzzfeed provides insights from 18 writers on the task of writing a movie.
All aspiring writers have experienced the conception of a story, that little atom of an idea that explodes into a vision of a journey in a big bang “aha!” that rattles the brain. But the difference between the daydreamers and actual filmmakers starts right after that revelatory moment, when the disparate strands of an idea either begin to take shape — and, at some point, migrate over to Final Draft — or just fade away.
BuzzFeed spoke with some of the industry’s top writers and directors to learn how they develop a tiny germ of an idea into award-winning screenplay. They discussed everything from how they get started, to how to sit down and write, and how to balance dialogue and structure.
And they talked to:
- Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise trilogy, Dazed and Confused)
- Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Heat)
- Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult)
- Richard Curtis (Love Actually, About Time, Four Weddings and a Funeral)
- Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Please Give)
- Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter (500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now)
- David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models)
- Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick)
- Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter)
- Lake Bell (In A World)
- David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, Pineapple Express)
- Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
- Mark and Jay Duplass (Jeff Who Lives At Home, Cyrus)
- Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants, The Way, Way Back)
- Brian Koppelman (Rounders, Oceans Thirteen).
That’s a pretty impressive list and there is some great stuff in the article which you can read here.