Film Interviews

screenwriting for cinema

 Paula Hendrickson

Daniel Nearing and The Last Soul on a Summer Night

Writing high art on a low budget

by Paula Hendrickson Daniel Nearing accomplished what many thought was impossible. He adapted Sherwood Anderson’s classic collection of short stories, Winesburg, Ohio, into a feature-length art film, garnering rave reviews and earning his film a spot among the late Roger Ebert’s list of 2010’s top art films. Even more impressive: He did it on a […]

 Erik Bauer

Method Writing: Interview with Quentin Tarantino

Method Writing: Interview with Quentin Tarantino

The Academy Award-winning writer/director gives Creative Screenwriting his most in-depth interview on Jackie Brown, his writing/acting method, and not being afraid of words that wound

Originally published in the Jan/Feb 1998 issue of Creative Screenwriting. by Erik Bauer Quentin Tarantino is a filmmaker who inhabits his characters, and through them, the very stylized world of tough guys, shocking violence, and captivating rhetoric he has brought to life. “I’ve been living in Ordell for a year now,” the Oscar-winning writer told […]

 Scott McConnell

John Gay and Terence Rattigan at Separate Tables

John Gay and Terence Rattigan at <i>Separate Tables</i>

Drama as inference and inference as drama

by Scott McConnell John Gay is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter who has had dozens of his film and TV scripts produced. His films include The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Hallelujah Trail, No Way to Treat a Lady, Run Silent, Run Deep and Soldier Blue. In television he is especially known for his adaptations […]

 Shanee Edwards

Divergent and Hope Springs Writer Vanessa Taylor

<i>Divergent</i> and <i>Hope Springs</i> Writer Vanessa Taylor

Describes her bumpy transition from Game of Thrones to feature film writing and gives advice for women working in Hollywood

by Shanee Edwards Television scribe Vanessa Taylor has had great success on the small screen. She’s written for such shows as Alias, Everwood, Tell Me You Love Me, and most recently, seasons two and three of the uber-popular Game of Thrones. But moving to the large screen with last year’s Hope Springs and the upcoming […]

 Tom Stempel

Understanding Screenwriting #114

Understanding Screenwriting #114

The Lone Ranger, I’m So Excited, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, Nightfall, The Burglar, The Burglars, Camp, The Bridge

by Tom Stempel Hi, I’m Tom Stempel, and I write about screenwriting. Well, if you have already been following this column at The House Next Door, you know that from the first 113 columns. If you are primarily Creative Screenwriting veterans, you may recognize me from my years on the Editorial Board there or from […]