Film Interviews

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 Christopher McKittrick

Wolverine: Two Writers, One Character

<i>Wolverine</i>: Two Writers, One Character

Mark Bomback and Scott Frank on exploring the vulnerability of Marvel’s indestructible mutant

by Christopher McKittrick As with many big-budget blockbusters of today’s multiplex-ready “summer tentpole” movies, The Wolverine—the sixth film in 20th Century Fox’s Marvel Comics X-Men franchise—went through a lengthy preproduction period and a number of creative directions. Originally announced a few days prior to the opening of the first Wolverine spinoff film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, […]

 Christopher McKittrick

Marc Guggenheim on Sea of Monsters

Marc Guggenheim on <i>Sea of Monsters</i>

The writer/producer talks about writing Percy Jackson, franchise movies, tuning forks and taking a bath

by Christopher McKittrick While interviewing Marc Guggenheim, I pointed out to him that I thought it was unfair to label him a screenwriter. What I mean by that is Guggenheim has written for television, comic books and video games, and has had success in each medium. He has particularly been successful in television, writing episodes […]

 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 […]