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10 Inspiring Interviews That Every Screenwriter Must Watch


Are you an aspiring screenwriter? Once in a while, most of us could use a little encouragement and inspiration, along with advice on how to deal with problems we’re facing. If you need some motivation, incentive and encouragement, then keep reading! We’ve gathered several video interviews, lectures and speeches for you by the world’s top screenwriters. Watch the videos to learn and be inspired from the best!

1. Martin Scorsese on Story vs. Plot

Jon Favreau interviewing Martin Scorsese for the third season of Dinner for Five - in this excerpt Jon asks him about story versus plot in filmmaking.

2. Quentin Tarantino on original non-linear narrative structure

3. Susannah Grant: Screenwriters Lecture

The writer of Erin Brockovich shares her experiences as a screenwriter.

4. Why Most People Fail At Screenwriting by John Truby

5. Spike Jonze Excited By his Oscars Win For Best Original Screenplay

Writer/Director Spike Jonze took home the top prize for screenwriting for the 2014 Oscars. He spoke to the media after the big win.

6. Essentials of Screenwriting - Complete Film Courage Interview with UCLA Professor Richard Walter

7. Scott Frank: Screenwriters Lecture

In this lecture, Scott Frank illustrates the importance of opening scenes, the challenges his craft encompasses and how, ultimately, "it's all about the words".

8. The Writer Speaks: William Goldman

"You can only write what you give a shit about. Write about something you care about."

William Goldman talks about screenwriting and his own past.

9. The Dialogue: Paul Haggis Interview Part 1

Oscar®-winner Paul Haggis discusses a career that led from writing for TV to his scripts for Million Dollar Baby and Crash. His stories are an indelible primer for how to manage the screenwriting life, develop a strong story, pitch an idea, and surmount Hollywood's more frustrating obstacles.

10. David S. Goyer: Screenwriters Lecture

David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, FlashForward, Da Vinci's Demons) discusses his first script, writing for TV and why persistence pays off.

We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment and tell us which interview/speech was your favorite. Have you been inspired by a screenwriting interview not on this list? Let us know in the comments and share a link to interviews that have inspired you. If you enjoyed this post, please share it on Twitter, Facebook and your other favorite social media networks!

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DISCLAIMER: We do not own the videos and photos. The article was written for educational purposes.


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