Advice and Inspiration from Greta Gerwig

Ken Miyamoto shares some morsels of inspiration from the brilliant mind of Greta Gerwig, the writer and director of Lady Bird. He shares her insight through a series of interviews with the actress turn writer/director. Here are a few highlights:

  • Writing Words that Don’t Look Like They’ve Been Written
  • Taking the Time to Prepare Yourself
  • Story Structure Is Embedded Within Us All
  • You Have to Take the Leap
  • Don’t Judge and Dismiss Your Own Writing
  • Listen to Your Characters
  • Treat Each Character as If They Could Have Their Own Movie About Them
  • Great Screenplays Should Be Like Poetry

Read the full article here: Screenwriting Advice From LADY BIRD Writer/Director Greta Gerwig

Watch Greta Gerwig in Action

Hunter Harris at Vulture shares a Vimeo clip of Greta Gerwig directing onset of “Lady Bird”. It’s always inspiring and fascinating to watch the behind-the-scenes work of anything that gets created. This video shares a small glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of one of the most beloved films of the year.

See full article here: Warm Your Icy, Jaded Heart With This Video of Greta Gerwig Directing Lady Bird

Cinderella Stories Still Happen. Just Ask Liz Hannah

Still don’t believe in Cinderella stories? Still don’t think crazy dreams come true? Well, think again. Liz Hannah’s first screenplay, The Post, was directed by Spielberg, starred Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, was nominated for Golden Globes, and now is nominated for Academy Awards. Amy Nicholson of the Washington Post discusses the story behind the film’s birth.

read the full article here: How a writer defied ‘one in a million’ odds to get her first movie made by Steven Spielberg

How Greta Gerwig Found “Lady Bird”

Owen Gleiberman with Variety magazine sat down with Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan to discuss the highly-acclaimed film “Lady Bird” and how the two collaborated to bring this story to life.

Read full article here: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on How They Found the Voice of ‘Lady Bird’

“I Almost Love it When I Fail” Abi Morgan on Screenwriting

Lucy V. Hay with the London Screenwriters’ Festival highlights Oscar-winner Abi Morgan (Suffragette and The Iron Lady) and her three pieces of advice for writers as they tackle their stories and the industry.

Read the full article here: Oscar-Winning Abi Morgan’s 3 Tips For Screenwriters… I almost love it when I fail…

Six Rules from Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch

V Renee at No Film School discusses Walter Murch’s six rules for editing your film. He’s got two Oscars under his belt, so you might wanna listen 🙂

6 ‘Rules’ for Good Cutting According to Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch

The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters

Jeff Goldsmith with ScreenCraft sat down with nine of the 2016 Oscar nominees in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay categories to talk about everything from the best writing advice to favorite procrastinating methods – yes, you read the correctly, as well as battling the obstacles and demons. Enjoy.

 

Full article and podcast here: The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters

“Wait. Ben. Say That Again.”: Graham Moore on How to Write Characters That Are Smarter Than You

Academy Award winning writer Graham Moore, The Imitation Game, talks about his experiences writing the film that won him Oscar gold. He discusses the challenges of writing about a character who is smarter than you as well as fighting the cliches that surround the portrayal of highly intelligent figures in films.

*Graham Moore won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game.

*Benedict Cumberbatch received an Academy Award nomination for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Read the full article here: How to Write About Characters That Are Smarter Than You

Behind the Camera with Bruno Delbonnel

Jon Fusco at No Film School uses the films Amelie and Inside Llewyn Davis to discuss the filmmaking techniques of Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel.

See the full video and article here: DP Bruno Delbonnel