David Konow

“Remember the power is yours. The power is in the writer.” Paul Thomas Anderson

“Remember the power is yours. The power is in the writer.” Paul Thomas Anderson

In the second of a two part series, Paul discusses the problem with writer's block in reverse, writing for Tom Cruise, and his Oscar-nominated film Magnolia.

By Kristine McKenna and David Konow. By late 1998, Anderson had finished his screenplay for Magnolia. Throughout the making of the film, Magnolia’s plot and characters had been kept a closely guarded secret. And Anderson was granted final cut of Magnolia, which guaranteed his innovative screenplay would make a smooth transition to the screen. Like […]

 David Konow

“Movies Do Cause Violence!” Paul Thomas Anderson

“Movies Do Cause Violence!” Paul Thomas Anderson

In the first of a two part series, Paul Thomas Anderson reveals the most common mistake in writing dialogue, argues that movies cause violence, and discusses his early film Boogie Nights.

It’s not every filmmaker who gets compared to Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman on his second film, gets final cut on his third, and is able to get Tom Cruise to work for peanuts. Yet Paul Thomas Anderson’s journey to where he is now wasn’t always so smooth. He was born in 1970 and grew […]

 David Konow

Transformation in Art: The Films of Paul Schrader

Transformation in Art: The Films of Paul Schrader

In this in-depth interview, Paul Schrader discusses his career, examines several of his most influential films, and reveals where Bruce Springsteen got the name of his album Born in the U.S.A.

By David Konow and Jim Mercurio. Paul Schrader has written or directed some of the most seminal and controversial movies of the last forty years, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, American Gigolo, Cat People, and Bringing out the Dead. Schrader has been responsible for an edgy, uncompromising cinema which he […]

 David Konow

The One Page Outline of Se7en

The One Page Outline of Se7en

How Andrew Kevin Walker's desperation led to his acclaimed breakthrough film, and how he plans every detail of his scripts in advance.

By David Konow. Like Taxi Driver in its day, Andrew Kevin Walker’s screenplay for Se7en was a must-read among industry insiders, but no one seemingly had the cojones to make it. Yet against all odds it did get made, and was the surprise hit of 1995. It also cemented Brad Pitt’s star stature, sprung David […]

 David Konow

Brian De Palma on Contemporary Noir

Brian De Palma on Contemporary Noir

Brian De Palma discusses his critically-acclaimed cult film Femme Fatale, and the art of building suspense.

By David Konow. Structure can be difficult for many filmmakers. A director who likes to fly by the seat of his pants may find preplanning things too constrictive to his creative freedom, but there can be a lot of room for great things to happen in the right structured environment. Brian De Palma is a […]

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