Jonathan Demme and Paul Thomas Anderson discuss writing at the Austin Film Festival Jack Plunkett When the Austin Film Festival first launched 25 years ago, it planted its flag as a place that celebrates the craft of screenwriting.
A lot is said of screenwriting structure and how to write a screenplay, yet often emphasis is placed on the finale of act three, or the struggles of act two.
What this is all about is the day that I figured out what I uniquely had to offer the world, which is the pathetic, desperate, fucking hilarious shit that I put myself through every day. You need to put aspects of yourself so that those characters are still reacting in a real way, in a real human way.
Then try to pretend that awful movie never happened. Doing your research will inspire you to keep writing, and will also give your screenplay added credibility.
You need to become a journalist for the movie that is in your head. The advice that you hear and read can be contradictory. That inspired and engaging concept deserves the best that you can offer it, so you need to do whatever you can to do that concept justice.
It may take ten years, but eventually you just might see some light. One screenwriter may flourish with detailed research and outlines while another equally successful screenwriter swears against them, instead, trusting in their instincts as a storyteller.
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