Screenwriters' Masterclass

Screenwriters' Masterclass

Screenwriters Talk About Their Greatest Movies

Book - 2006
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An extraordinary collection of interviews with 21 of the leading screenwriters of our day for aspiring screenwriters, film students, and enthusiasts alike.

Journalist and film industry insider Kevin Conroy Scott presents an invaluable screenwriting masterclass featuring extensive, never-before-published interviews with acclaimed screenwriters ranging from Hollywood pros to top writers in the US and European independent scenes.

Each interview guides the reader through the entire creation process: how the writer handled the painstaking process of creating a three-dimensional world out of their imagination, what worked and what didn't in the finished filmand why, collaborating with directors and actors, and the revision process.

Screenwriters' Masterclass features interviews with:
Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs)
Lisa Chodolenko (High Art)
Carlos Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien)
Chris Weitz (About a Boy)
Michael Haneke (Code Unknown)
Wes Anderson (Rushmore)
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream)
Patrick McGrath (Spider)
Alex Garland (28 Days Later )
Michael Tolkin (The New Age)
Scott Frank (Out of Sight)
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (Election)
Lukas Moodysson (Together)
Paul Laverty (Sweet Sixteen)
Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Los Lunes al Sol)
David O. Russell (Three Kings)
Francois Ozon (Under the Sand)
Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (Die Another Day)
Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros)


Industry insider Kevin Conroy Scott reveals the secrets of writing a successfulscreenplay in a series of fascinating interviews with 21 of the world's leadingscreenwriters—a wonderfully diverse mix, ranging from writers of Hollywoodblockbusters to top writers on the U.S. and European indie scene.

Scott explores the screenwriters' creative process and shares their insightsinto what worked—and what didn't—in their greatest films, and why. Eachinterview is an entertaining, illuminating look at the screenwriter's world,offering film buffs and aspiring screenwriters a rare glimpse behind thescenes of some of today's most riveting cinema.

Book News
In these previously unpublished interviews screenwriters of such Hollywood films as The Silence of the Lambs, Rushmore, and Out of Sight and writers of international renown such as Cuarón and Arriaga dish the inside dirt on the business along with describing why and how they love this most collaborative form of public writing. They cover collaboration of a more immediate kind (Payne's and Taylor's Election), working within the traditions of story (Weitz's About a Boy) and within the world of compromise amongst finance, artistic vision, and differing interpretations of the market (almost everyone else). Scott, who knows film from both an academic and practical level, seems to have chosen questions student writers would ask, so this could serve as supplemental or even primary classroom reading, but is also careful to consider general readers and film buffs, asking about not only the rigors of writing but also the films themselves and the changes the writers endured, some not in silence. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
The secret of writing a successful screenplay is sought after by ever-growing numbers of scribes and enthusiasts. Screenwriters' Masterclass offers state-of-the-art advice in that line, through interviews with nineteen of the leading scriptwriters of our day whose insights are invaluable to any aspirant.
Each interview guides the reader entertainingly through the creation process of the film; how the writer handled the painstaking process of creating a three-dimensional world out of their imagination; what worked - and what didn't - in the finished film; and, most importantly, why that was so. In the process, each interview is a valuable case history, offering film buffs an uncommon glimpse behind the scenes of cinema.

Publisher: New York : Newmarket Press, 2006
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781557046925
Branch Call Number: 808.2 SCREE
Characteristics: vii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Scott, Kevin Conroy
Notes: Originally published: London : Faber and Faber, 2005


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Scott profiles a number of working screenwriters to find out their working styles and techniques.


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