Phil Lord and Chris Miller On Writing

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I just love Spider-Man. What other superhero could sit next to you on the subway and just start talking to you like you’re already pals? Into the Spider-Verse has been making waves. People are saying it’s not just the best animated movie of the year, but also the best superhero movie of the year. I wholeheartedly agree. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should do yourself a favor and check it out while it’s still playing in theaters.

Chris Miller and Phil Lord are also known for directing and writing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and 22 Jump Street. You should add all these movies to your list if you haven’t seen them. They’re full of heart, and will certainly make you laugh out loud.

A couple of questions from the interview:

“Visually, it really is unlike any animated film we’ve seen before. What was some of the main inspiration for the look of it?”

“Fans have been itching to see Miles Morales in a Spider-Man movie for a while. When it comes to that character, what was the most important thing for you in terms of bringing him to life? What was the most important thing to get right?”

“How did you go about deciding what alternate-universe Spider characters to include?”


Networking For Screenwriters

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So you’ve finished a couple of screenplays, and you’re wondering why nobody has offered to buy them yet, right? Well, I’ll tell you what you need to do. Sneak into CAA pretending you have a delivery, go into a literary agent’s office and rip off your fake mustache, yelling “I have the best screenplay you’ll ever read!” After that you’ll tie them to their chair and force them to read it, and when they’re finished hope it’s sooooo good that they decide not to call security. That’s my plan.

Okay, enough jokes for today. What you really need to do is network. You’ve got the screenplays, now you just need a person to buy them. If you’re not good at networking, it’s an important part of the process. After all, one of the biggest sayings of this industry is “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” A lot of us writers are introverts, and have a lot of trouble with this step. I completely understand. The art of conversation is something I could post about for months, so I’ll give you one tip. It’s better to do something than nothing, and if you do you will gain confidence as you go.

Here’s a great article written by Ken Miyamoto over at Screencraft that will fill you in on what you need to know: Three Achievable Networking Goals Screenwriters Can Accomplish

Friday Fun – You Can Do It!

MUST… FINISH… SCENE! You know when you’re watching a scary movie, and the character is running down a hallway, and that hallway suddenly seems to stretch infinitely in both directions. The end is in sight, but it seems to be getting further away the closer you get. That’s a lot what writing can feel like at times! I imagine once you break through this point it’s time for a nice pat on the back. Make sure to reward yourself in some small way or go big. Whatever works for you!

Charlie Brooker On Writing

I’ve posted about Charlie Brooker in the past: In-Depth Interview – Charlie Brooker. I’m a HUGE fan of Black Mirror, and love what they tried to do with Bandersnatch, the newest Black Mirror experience. If you haven’t heard of this new experience, it’s an episode where you choose your own story. Every time the main character, Stefan, is given a choice to make, you make it for him. It’s kind of like playing a video game.

I watched through this episode twice and have mixed feelings about it, but I did have a lot of fun making some of the decisions. It certainly has a special element to it, and I’d like to see more shows or movies try this out. That being said, this may not be for everyone because part of the joy of sitting down to watch a movie or some TV is the fact that you are being told a story and are not the one telling it. I think everyone should give it a try at least.

Check out the full interview, conducted by Jacob Stolworthy at Independent, for a look into what went in to creating this crazy experience: Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones share Bandersnatch secrets

The Steps To Become A Successful Screenwriter

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Today I’m here to give you seven easy steps to become a screenwriter! I wish I wasn’t joking. How cool would that be? It’s actually pretty difficult to make it in Hollywood, and is something that you should work at every day if you truly want it. I’m here to provide you with help and inspiration, so let me tell you this… If you put your mind to it, and you work hard and really want this, you can become a successful screenwriter. Below is a great introductory article, written by Stephanie Palmer at Good In A Room, on seven steps that will help put you on the right path.

How To Become A Screenwriter In 7 Steps