From the web: Interview with Terry Rossio

Link: John Robert Marlow interview with Terry Rossio

An interesting interview. Definitely not a “rah-rah” interview about the joys of screenwriting. I believe from 2012, so some of the comments might be dated but I found to be a really good discussion. My take away from it was, write a good story and worry about the other stuff afterwards.  John asks a lot of questions that I am sure many wanna-be screenwriters, like me, are asking.

Like writing, it seems I have found myself in another interesting field that might amount to nothing more than self-satisfaction in putting my story to “paper”. Oh well, it will never amount to anything if I do not give it a try.

Terry’s take does make me feel better about the path I want to take. That is to write books and if it seems like it has potential, then write a movie script and see what happens. I can’t really think of better advertising or credentials of a story than what a successful movie can bring to book sales or a top seller can bring to getting Hollywood to consider the story.

It is a long read but if you are interested in learning more about screenwriting, I think this interview addresses a lot of questions and aspects of the field.

Please comment. I would be curious to learn what you think.


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Living in Japan, the land of Anime, the Samurai, the ultra modern and extremely old. These contrasting themes fuel my worlds. Both the ancient and new meld together into worlds where super-powered school kids defeat evil; forest spirits help or fight humans; and giant, futuristic robots battle to save civilization. Where else to live for inspiration! A screenwriter and novelist living in the suburbs of Tokyo. A love of history, space and science in general and the beauty of life inspire his tales. He is currently writing an epic adventure trilogy about the downfall of Atlantis.

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