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Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen on ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH

The former storyboard artist for movies like Despicable Me and Ice Age: Continental Drift, Cal Brunker, wrote and directed his first feature animation, Escape from Planet Earth with his writing partner Bob Barlen. This is the first full-length ...

Screenwriter Craig Mazin on IDENTITY THIEF

How do you manage the comedy, tone and dialog when you’re writing a script for comedians Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy? Very carefully says screenwriter Craig Mazin who penned the R-rated comedy Identity Thief staring these two actors. “...

Writer/director Richard LaGravenese on BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

Writer/director Richard LaGravenese is somewhat of an expert when it comes to adaptations. With titles like Water for Elephants, P.S. I Love You, The Horse Whisperer and The Bridges of Madison County under his belt, taking on the newest in the ...

Interview: Wreck-It Ralph screenwriter Phil Johnston on working with Disney’s John Lasseter

John Lasseter is now the head of Disney Animation Studios, but he’s best known for molding the Northern California based animation studio, Pixar, into a household name that is synonymous with a kids’ brand of movies that adults can enjoy, ...

Interview: FLIGHT Screenwriter John Gatkins

“I got sober when I was 25,” screenwriter John Gatins tells ScreenwritingU in a very personal one-on-one interview about his new drama, Flight, the story of a pilot who saves the lives of everyone on his plane only to be questioned about his ...

The Avengers – An Interview with Screenwriter Zak Penn

THE AVENGERS is directed by Joss Whedon. In this interview, Zak talks about:  How to adapt a comic into a screenplay.  Making a story emotional and getting us connected to the main character.  Surviving competing interests -- the comic, the ...

Interview: ARGO Screenwriter Chris Terrio

Screenwriter Chris Terrio got lucky, he says. That’s the only way he can explain how a first time writer like himself got the opportunity of a lifetime – to write a move directed by Ben Affleck. The new political thriller,Argo, received a ...

Interview with “Looper” Writer/Director Rian Johnson

“I wrote a three page script, the very basic premise of the script,” writer/director Rian Johnson says of the first time he came up with the idea to write the new action, sci-fi movie Looper. This film started as a short that was never produced ...

Writer/director Leslye Headland on the indie comedy Bachelorette

If you hate the F-word, you don’t want to see Bachelorette. And you know what? The film’s writer and director doesn’t care. She wants to show you how women really talk when no one else is around. That’s the kind of artistic bravado that ...

Screenwriter Chris Butler on writing the kids zombie flick ParaNorman

Screenwriter Chris Butler got his start in Hollywood by drawing storyboards. Wait a second that means no dialog, right? How does a storyboard artist get good at writing if he never has to spew out dialog? He concentrates on character and not all ...

Screenwriter Vanessa Taylor on the sexy romantic comedy "Hope Springs"

ScreenwritingU sat down with screenwriter Vanessa Taylor to get her take on the clichés of romantic comedies, working with Meryl Streep and being on the famed Hollywood Black List. Hope Springs is the story of a married couple looking to put the ...

Screenwriter Vanessa Taylor on the sexy romantic comedy "Hope Springs"

ScreenwritingU sat down with screenwriter Vanessa Taylor to get her take on the clichés of romantic comedies, working with Meryl Streep and being on the famed Hollywood Black List. Hope Springs is the story of a married couple looking to put the ...
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