Steve Ryfle and Den Shewman

Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio on Pirates of the Caribbean

Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio on Pirates of the Caribbean

In the second of a two part series, Elliott and Rossio discuss pitching Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hallway Test and Strange Attractors.

By Steve Ryfle and Den Shewman. During their 25 years in the business, Oscar-nominated screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have made a name for themselves writing family-friendly blockbusters, the best known of which are perhaps Shrek and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Creative Screenwriting was fortunate enough to speak with them about their […]

 Steve Ryfle and Den Shewman

Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio on Shrek

Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio on Shrek

In the first of a two part series, Elliott and Rossio discuss ego-less arguing, the nature of beauty, and comedic ground rules in Shrek.

During their 25 years in the business, Oscar-nominated screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have made a name for themselves writing family-friendly blockbusters, the best known of which are perhaps Shrek and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.   How do you divide writing tasks and responsibilities? Ted Elliott:  Basically we figure out the outline—I […]