Goldsmith John Sayles on Screenwriting John Sayles discusses fitting story to form and structure, how to approach rewriting, and strategies for creative problem-solving. This is an edited version of an article which first appeared in Creative Screenwriting, Volume 3, 2and Volume 9, 4 Interviewing John Sayles is like having office hours with a brilliant professor:
And who cares if that recently slammed sequel bested them domestically? And he likes to wait for technology to catch up to his ideas. He can afford to.
But in the beginning he was much quicker. He decided to make movies after seeing Star Wars in Another year later he was working for Roger Corman in various jobs and got to make his first feature for the legendary B-movie producer inwith Piranha II: His most consistent advice today is to similarly just get in there.
The main thing is just picking up a camera and making a film. Get some people and just make a film. Of course, Cameron has occasionally seemed to contradict himself on the idea of not waiting. Cameron has been ahead of his time so often in his career that he has learned to be patient.
He had just directed Terminator. Alien 2 was not on the table. We expected a professional pitch from Cameron, an outline and a treatment of what he had in mind with a cursory budget; perhaps a couple assistants to run a slide show.
Instead Cameron walked in the room without so much as a piece of paper. He turned around and grinned. The presentation I made to Fox was very simple: Plan An Excruciating Journey In a appearance on Charlie Rose, the host asks Cameron for the most important thing he knows about storytelling.
You have to find a key into the heart of the audience, which means you have to find universals of human experience and then express them in exotic new ways. You see what I mean? So that was a part of the story telling. And then you have to take them on a journey.jump to content.
my subreddits. edit subscriptions. There is a "wrong" kind of powerful woman, just like there's a "wrong" kind of powerful man - in this regard, I tend to side with James Cameron because he didn't jump to a false equivocation that being a "powerful" human being should be excised from morality, ethics, or the bigger picture.
Don’t Get High On Your Own Supply. In the list of lessons in creativity given to Fast Company, Cameron has a handful of tips, including one to look for inspiration everywhere and another to only.
James Cameron should take a shot. The funny thing about screenwriting advice is that it is all predicated on the idea that the person receiving the advice will be able to execute it.
Other than that, pretty generic zombies or princesses. Saw a couple of flappers. Saw a few food items (taco, hot dog, pizza slice).
DaChoppa. Just watched. For instance, if your name is “James Cameron” you might want to come up with a pseudonym. One of the people who asked me this question seemed to be embarrassed by her writing aspirations and she didn’t want her friends and co-workers to know about it.
That looks nothing like the James Cameron Spider-Man script I've always seen floating around, which wasn't a full script, but a "scriptment" that Cameron is well-known for. I didn't read it, but the version here looks way different based on a quick scan, from characters to the story.