It’s every indie filmmaker’s dream to get their movie accepted by the Sundance Film Festival. Cedric Cheung-Lau managed to achieve that dream with his very first feature The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me. Creative Screenwriting Magazine contributor Lauri Donahue sat down with Cedric to discuss his film at the Sundance Film Festival. Cheung-Lau, a […]
Liz Hannah launched her screenwriting career with a series of achievements most writers only dream about. After working as a development executive for Charlize Theron’s production company and earning a master’s degree in production from the American Film Institute (AFI), Hannah turned to screenwriting full time. Her 2016 script The Post was number two on The […]
Gary Whitta’s an unusually versatile writer. In addition to writing for both film and TV, in both live-action and animation, he’s also written novels, video games, and comics and he’s been a video gaming journalist. He’s perhaps best known for co-writing Rogue One, the first stand-alone Star Wars movie. Lauri Donahue spoke with Gary about his […]
John and Drew Dowdle discuss their latest film, the importance of structure, and why a film is like a small army.
By Lauri Donahue. Going to an all-boys, military Catholic high school turns out to have been excellent preparation for a career in filmmaking. Or at least, that’s the background of the brothers John and Drew Dowdle, and their latest film No Escape, starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, and Pierce Brosnan, has so far earned over […]
Creative Executive Jessica Julius talks about Disney's script development process, the Story Trust, and the importance of not being Prickly.
By Lauri Donahue. Jessica Julius is a Walt Disney Animation Studios creative executive who has worked on hits including Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero 6, and Wreck-It Ralph. She’s now involved in developing Frozen 2 with the filmmakers. Since Disney bought Pixar in 2006, and John Lasseter became chief creative offer of both studios (as well […]