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Shane Black

Shane Black

"When you're writing and feeling antsy, look at these words; THIS IS IMPORTANT"

Lethal Weapon | The Long Kiss Goodnight | The Nice Guys

Austin Film Festival 10/29/2015

Bob Orci

Bob Orci

"Read the scripts of the movies you love."

Transformers | The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | Star Trek

Austin Film Festival 10/26/2014

Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara

"LISTEN"

The Walking Dead | The Shield | Damien

WGA-F Event 9/9/2015

David Goyer

David Goyer

"Writing is rewriting. Revise. Revise. Revisit."

Batman Begins | Man of Steel | The Dark Knight

Scriptnotes Podcast 5/15/2014

Simon Kinberg

Simon Kinberg

"Keep writing!."

X-Men: Days of Future Past | Apocalypse | The Last Stand

WGA-F Event 10/14/2014

Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith

"I don't care if you're not into it today, Keep Writing."

Dark Shadows | Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

WritingPad Event 3/6/2015

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Chris McKay

Chris McKay

"Write everyday, all the time, it's a muscle you have to use it all the time."

Lego Batman | The Lego Movie | Robot Chicken
Arianne Sutner

Arianne Sutner

"Eat lunch."

Kubo & the Two Strings | ParaNorman | Coraline
Travis Knight

Travis Knight

""AlI want is the truth. Just give me some truth" - John Lennon"

Kubo & the Two Strings | ParaNorman | Coraline
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Allison Schroeder

Allison Schroeder

"1. Point of Attack 2. Midpoint 3. Twist"

Hidden Figures | Mean Girls 2 | Pineapple Express
Joe Walker

Joe Walker

"Time is my superpower. How can I use it to benefit this story?"

12 Years a Slave | Sicario | Arrival
Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve

"Ne pas plaire aux autres. ((I must not please other people)"

Prisoners | Incendies | Sicario
Eric Heisserer

Eric Heisserer

"Keep your passion. Protect it. Don't let it die or your dreams will too."

Arrival | The Thing | Final Destination 5
Nick Watson

Nick Watson

"It has to be bad, before it can be good."

Sold | Fergus in Hell | Live on Bowen
Dean Craig

Dean Craig

"Focus!"

Death at a Funeral | A Few Best Men | Moonwalkers
Mike Mills

Mike Mills

"Be nice."

Thumbsucker | Architecture of Reassurance | 20th Century Women

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Max Landis

Max Landis

"Stop looking at this notecard, Write five sentences, then look again."

Chronicle | Victor Frankenstein | American Ultra
Sato Shinsuke 佐藤信介

Sato Shinsuke 佐藤信介

"作り続けること (Keep making things)"

The Princess Blade | The Time of Death | I Am a Hero
Cole Haddon

Cole Haddon

"Watch movies from every corner of the globe."

Dracula
Terry Matalas

Terry Matalas

"Write for you…"

12 Monkeys | Star Trek: Enterprise | Terra Nova
Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds

"Don't be the one in the writers room who tells everyone why an idea won't work. Bring ideas."

Dexter | Jessica Jones | Iron Fist
Peter Blake

Peter Blake

"X happens AND so Y happens... Repeat"

House | Elementary | Hemlock Grove
Jim Uhls

Jim Uhls

"Don't outline the whole story at first. Write scenes to get the scent of blood."

Fight Club | Jumper | The Leviathan
Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom

"Your chorus is your thesis statement."

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | Robot Chicken | Ray Bradbury
Aaron Helbing

Aaron Helbing

"Read scripts."

The Flash | Spartacus: War of the Damned | Carnivàle

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Colossal, The Edge of Seventeen, The Little Prince, Loving, The Accountant, The Strain, Se7en, Ghostbusters

Nacho Vigalondo

Nacho Vigalondo

"Di la verdad. - Tell the truth."

Colossal | Open Windows | Timecrimes
Alex Juhasz

Alex Juhasz

"Always be willing to destroy somthing good, to make something great."

The Little Prince | The Babadook | United States of Tara
Mark Osborne

Mark Osborne

"Learn by making mistakes and don't ever wait for or expect perfection.!!"

The Little Prince | The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie | Kung Fu Panda
Kelly Fremon Craig

Kelly Fremon Craig

"Trust your instincts- your feelings are always right, listen to them. Write from a place that hurts a little. If it doesn't hurt, it doesn't matter to you enough."

The Edge of Seventeen | Post Grad | Streak
Marianne Wibberley

Marianne Wibberley

"Use subtext. Don't answer yes or no, instead try using the moment to say something about your character. Q: Do you always lite your cigerettes w/ $100 bills? A: I always wanted to."

National Treasure: Book of Secrets | National Treasure | Bad Boys II
Aaron Covington

Aaron Covington

"Only the film is final. Everything can change."

Creed | Get Some | NBA 2K17
Scott Neustadter

Scott Neustadter

"You're better at this than you think."

500 Days of Summer | The Fault in Our Stars | The Pink Panther 2
Andrew Kevin Walker

Andrew Kevin Walker

"Write whatever you want!"

Se7en | The Follow | Fight Club
Katie Dippold

Katie Dippold

"Write what you are most excited, not what you think you should write."

The Heat | Parks and Recreation | Ghostbusters

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