Lauri Donahue

How a Story That “Had To Be Told” Launched Rogue One Screenwriter Gary Whitta’s Career

How a Story That “Had To Be Told” Launched Rogue One Screenwriter Gary Whitta’s Career

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 […]

 Lauri Donahue

Don’t Be Good At Anything Else: The Dowdle Brothers on No Escape

Don’t Be Good At Anything Else: The Dowdle Brothers on No Escape

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 […]

 Lauri Donahue

How Your Indie-style Script Could Get You a Job with Disney Animation

How Your Indie-style Script Could Get You a Job with Disney Animation

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 […]

 Lauri Donahue

Eli Attie: From the White House to the West Wing

Eli Attie: From the White House to the West Wing

Writer Eli Attie discusses writing speeches for Al Gore, writing scripts for Aaron Sorkin, and the demands of different genres.

By Lauri Donahue. It’s a credit to Aaron Sorkin and John Wells that West Wing is a world where speechwriting is a sexy noble job, which is never how it was in the real White House. One of the premises of the West Wing, which I think is a wonderful thing and a rare thing, is that intelligence […]

 Lauri Donahue

The Fault in Our Stars: Written in Six Days

The Fault in Our Stars: Written in Six Days

Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter on collaboration and being the second fastest screenwriters in the business.

By Lauri Donahue. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are a screenwriting team – one of the busiest (and probably the fastest) in Hollywood, working on both indie and studio projects. Their first hit was the spec (500) Days of Summer in 2009, and they went on to pen The Spectacular Now and the highly […]