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A 73 Hour Movie: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on Game of Thrones

A 73 Hour Movie: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on Game of Thrones

The Game of Thrones showrunners on their writing process, creating characters who resonate, and the portrayal of women on television.

…resonate, and the portrayal of women on television.   Note: This article contains plot spoilers for previous seasons.   Game of Thrones panel, SXSW 2017. Photo credit: Donna Marie Miller Who was the first actor to be cast? David Benioff. Credit: Donna Marie Miller Benioff: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) definitely said yes first. The only two people that we knew we wanted were Peter and John (Bradley who plays Samwell Tarly). Those two were easy….

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Breaking Boundaries: The Making of Preacher

Breaking Boundaries: The Making of Preacher

Seth Rogen, Sam Catlin and Garth Ennis on trusting your instinct, knowing where to draw the line, and translating the ideas in your head.

…2017 “Making of Preacher” interview session. Photo credit: Donna Marie Miller Schwartz: Welcome back to SXSW. You guys premiered the Preacher pilot here last year, right? Rogen: Yeah, one year ago we showed the pilot here, and it was one of the most stressful days of my life. But it went well. Thank God we’re back. What was the moment when you realized “Ok, this is how we can bring this to life in a…

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“Most of Writing is Thinking.” Sam Esmail on Mr. Robot

“Most of Writing is Thinking.” Sam Esmail on Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail discusses the importance of authenticity, portraying mental illness, and playing with memory.

…been 20 years. Pen to paper, once I got to that point, and once I allowed all the forces over those years to sort of coalesce and come together and motivate me, then it just took a few months to actually write it. By Donna Marie Miller. Featured image: Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot. Photo by USA Network/Peter Kramer/USA Network – © 2014 USA Network Media, LLC        …

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Daniel Pyne on Screenwriting

Daniel Pyne on Screenwriting

Bosch showrunner Daniel Pyne discusses writing plot twists, research, and updating novels for the screen, and offers great advice for screenwriters.

…You want to pull your audience or pull your reader through the story, as opposed to pushing them. You want them to be anticipating where you might go. The books that we love are the ones where we think we know where they’re going, and we can’t wait until they get there, and when they get there they surprise us. By Donna Marie Miller. Before You Go Check out Daniel Pyne’s novels on Amazon!…

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Seeing what the film needs to be: Gareth Edwards on Rogue One

Seeing what the film needs to be: Gareth Edwards on Rogue One

Gareth Edwards discusses never giving up, not letting fear get in the way, and the importance of remaining fluid.

…was fortunate enough to be present, as he discussed the inspiration of Star Wars, not letting fear get in the way, and the importance of remaining fluid. Gareth Edwards at the Austin’s SXSW Conference © Donna Marie Miller Inspiration My dad was a bit of a film buff. When I was very young, my parents forced me to watch this film that was kind of artistic and groundbreaking and sort of revolutionary at the same…

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“It’s the golden age of indie cinema.” Texas Film Awards Press Conference 2017

“It’s the golden age of indie cinema.” Texas Film Awards Press Conference 2017

The golden age of independent films, under-representation of Latinos in American cinema, and the future for women filmmakers.

…future holds for women screenwriters and filmmakers. Green: It’s our responsibility as producers, and the studios’ responsibilities as financers, and everyone’s responsibility, to ensure that all voices are heard. Whether it’s people of color, whether it’s different genders, whatever those stories we need to be telling are, we need to make sure that we are training those people, that we are providing those opportunities. By Donna Marie Miller.   The Texas Film Awards Hall of…

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“Polarizing, inspiring, strong and difficult.” The Most Hated Woman in America

“Polarizing, inspiring, strong and difficult.” The Most Hated Woman in America

Tommy O’Haver and Irene Turner on portraying the essence of the truth, flashbacks, and getting the death right.

…just had so many of her own issues. If you read her diary you see that she was so vulnerable. She cared so much that they would succeed and be happy. She just was her own worst enemy.   By Donna Marie Miller.   The Most Hated Woman in America is available now on Netflix.   Featured image: Melissa Leo as Madalyn Murray O’Hair in The Most Hated Woman in America.      …

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Phantasm: Remastering a Classic

Phantasm: Remastering a Classic

Don Coscarelli on writing sequels, why the time is right for a re-release of Phantasm, and writing when not writing.

…By Donna Marie Miller. Don Coscarelli For 35 years fantasy screenwriter and director Don Coscarelli has garnered a cult following for his 1979 horror film, Phantasm, and its four sequels: Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994,) Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998,) and Phantasm V: Ravager (2014.) The low-budget movies featured the late Angus Scrimm as the antagonistic Tall Man, who in Phantasm inhabits a creepy mausoleum and chases the 13-year-old protagonist,…

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Avoid the Formulaic: Gale Anne Hurd and Natalie Chaidez on Hunters

Avoid the Formulaic: Gale Anne Hurd and Natalie Chaidez on Hunters

Gale Ann Hurd and Natalie Chaidez discuss the ambiguous nature of character, and explain why screenwriters should never attempt to figure out a screenplay’s plot before writing it.

…By Donna Marie Miller. Natalie Chaidez Gale Anne Hurd. Image by Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic “They are many. And they are angry,” reads the tag line for the new television series, Hunters, which premieres April 11 at 9 p.m. CST on the Syfy Channel. The hybrid gritty crime drama and sci-fi thriller based on best-selling books by Whitley Strieber, puts a new spin on aliens as monsters that look just like us. Gale Anne…

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Pay the Ghost: Playing to Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Pay the Ghost: Playing to Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Dan Kay on Pay the Ghost, the creation of haunting moments, and his biggest tip for writers.

…By Donna Marie Miller. Dan Kay Research about the origins of ancient Celtic myths and his own childhood memories of Halloween led rising Hollywood screenwriter Dan Kay to pen the script for the recently released Pay the Ghost. The horror/thriller stars Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider and National Treasure) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) as parents of a child abducted by a centuries-old revenge-seeking ghost witch. Kay sets his story in New York…

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Alec Berg on Silicon Valley

Alec Berg on Silicon Valley

Alec Berg: why fact is funnier than fiction, the advantages of HBO's 10-episode seasons, and writing the way a musician would play.

…By Donna Marie Miller. Alec Berg Screenwriter and producer of HBO’s current smash hit series Silicon Valley Alec Berg, who formerly worked on television sitcoms Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, unabashedly admits to using other people’s real-life stories. In fact, he has built a lucrative career writing TV scripts about the real things real people say and do. And since 2013, Alec, co-creator Mike Judge and a team of writers have scripted true stories…

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Linklater and Arquette: Boyhood’s Twelve Year Martini Shot

Linklater and Arquette: Boyhood’s Twelve Year Martini Shot

Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette discuss studio financing, equal pay for women and tax incentives for moviemakers.

…By Donna Marie Miller. Richard Linklater Patricia Arquette Texas attracted the world’s attention with Boyhood, the movie written and directed by Richard Linklater, after being nominated for six Academy Awards including best picture last February. Today Linklater and one of the most recognizable faces from Boyhood, leading lady Patricia Arquette, have quickly become Texas spokespersons regarding the state of the industry. Arquette won an Oscar for best supporting actress in her Boyhood role as…

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Write Every Day: Screenwriting Advice from Scott Frank

Write Every Day: Screenwriting Advice from Scott Frank

Scott Frank talks about on how he became a writer, how luck has played a part in his career, and offers advice on how to improve your screenwriting craft.

…By Donna Marie Miller. Screenwriter and director Scott Frank has one hard-and-fast rule that he says has led directly to his success: he writes every day — for at least 10 minutes. Some days, that effort stretches into two hours or at the most, four hours. Scott Frank I am at my desk or in my chair or wherever I am, but I write probably two hours a day. I mean if I’m really…

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Cast Away for Real: Taking Research to the Extreme

Cast Away for Real: Taking Research to the Extreme

Writer Bill Broyles Jr. talks about why he feels he must always first walk in his main characters’ shoes.

…By Donna Marie Miller. Bill Broyles Jr “You have to ground things in an honestly felt experience of your own. Sometimes that is an experience you’ve had yourself; other times you have to talk to people and try to get into their heads and try to experience what they did.” Bill Broyles Jr.     In this exclusive interview with Creative Screenwriting, writer Bill Broyles Jr. talks about the creative process behind such films…

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“The camera doesn’t know what it’s shooting” – Producing for Netflix

“The camera doesn’t know what it’s shooting” – Producing for Netflix

Producer Dana Brunetti discusses the award-winning House of Cards for Netflix, his short film competition for first time writers, and the upcoming film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

…By Donna Marie Miller. Dana Brunetti Seventeen years ago a chance meeting between actor Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti led to a successful professional collaboration in the movie industry. Today, Brunetti pays the favor forward by giving unknown screenwriters their first shot at filmmaking with Jameson First Shot short film competition. The Brunetti and Spacey partnership formed Triggerstreet Productions, the company that produced Captain Phillips, Shakespeare High, 21, The Social Network and House of…


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