Jalmari Helander discusses his latest film, the need for the fantastical, and argues that it is time for new ideas in Hollywood.
By Brock Swinson. In his first film, Finnish screenwriter and director Jalmari Helander delivered a fearsome, avant-garde story that uncovered the guarded secret of Christmas: in the horror-fantasy-thriller Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, audiences were invited to scale the Korvatunturi Mountain to uncover a sacred grave, which resulted in the disappearance of the town’s supplies […]
Robert Townsend discusses his writing process and techniques.
By Brock Swinson. The only thing I’ve ever wanted as an artist was to say that I never repeated myself. As an artist, I just want to do more. Sitting in a borrowed office at the 2015 RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, Carolina, surrounded by Indie film posters, and with the perpetual aroma of […]
Brett Haley discusses his writing process, what makes a good story, and his latest film I'll See You in My Dreams.
By Brock Swinson. Creative Screenwriting was lucky enough to catch up with both co-writers of I’ll See You in My Dreams. In this, the first of two articles, we interview writer and director Brett Haley. Defying the adage of only writing “what you know,” Brett Haley’s latest film is about a 70-year-old widow who is […]
Blake Masters on finding your emotional stakes
by Brock Swinson Blake Masters is a genuine Hollywood writer. After twenty years of battling his keyboard, he is dangerously close to becoming a household name. A self-proclaimed turtle writer, he continues to chip away at pilot episodes, film adaptations and original content. Masters’ methodical schedule allows for him to write a television episode in […]
Writer Blake Masters’ exacting style
by Brock Swinson While various comic book and movie websites instantly link the style of 2 Guns to Walter Hill’s 48 Hrs. starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, Blake Masters’ true influences came from a series of movies made in the early 1970s. The 42-year-old writer credits Don Siegel’s Charley Varrick, Michael Cimino’s Thunderbolt and […]