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Carpenter and RussellAs a director, what is your job? It’s a simple question, but deceptively so, almost like a zen koan (what is the sound of one clapboard clapping?) While most everyone else on a movie set has a clear and defined role, the director’s job description is a nebulous thing, and if you ask fifty different filmmakers, you might get fifty different answers. Click below to see what John Carpenter had to say to Kurt Russell about directing and “vision,” as well as advice from Terry Gilliam, via the always entertaining Quentin Tarantino. More »

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Woodward and BernsteinScreenwriter William Goldman famously pronounced that, “One way an author dies a little each day is when his books go out of print.” If that’s true, then surely Goldman will live on forever in his iconic screenplays and screenwriting books. His writing on screenwriting is almost as legendary as his screenplays, one of which, All The President’s Men, is available to read and download online. This great political thriller about the Watergate scandal is an example of economical, suspenseful writing. Read the script online and listen to an interview with Goldman below! More »

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william goldman 90 minute interview screenwritingWilliam Goldman is one of the greatest screenwriters ever. Yet, borrowing from his own character Vizzini (Princess Bride), he truly feels that his successful writing career is “inconceivable”. In fact, with the exceptions of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride, he hates all of his writing. Thankfully for the rest of us, that hasn’t stopped Goldman from writing stories. And thanks to the Writers Guild Foundation, we can sit down with Goldman for over 90 minutes and listen to him tell us all about his writing career: how he got started, how he conceived his masterpieces, and how he still thinks writing stories is really, really hard. More »