In-Depth Interview – Luke Davies

This week’s interview takes a look at Oscar nominated writer, Luke Davies. He wrote the adapted screenplay for “Lion.” He’s most well-known for his “Candy,” “Life,” and his most recent film, “Lion.” He’s also known as a poet and novelist.

“If you aren’t familiar with Lion, it’s based on the true story of a young man named Saroo who became separated from his family in India at the age of five and was subsequently adopted by an Australian family. As a five-year-old, Saroo could not correctly explain where, exactly, he was from, and thus all hopes of finding his family were lost. As an adult, however, the advent of Google Earth provides Saroo with a unique opportunity, as he sets about finding his long lost family once and for all. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, and Sunny Pawar.”

A few things mentioned in the interview:

  • Talks about how WALL-E influenced his take on the film.
  • What’s his writing process like? Does he work during specific hours?
  • Does he prefer writing one movie at a time, or does he juggle many scripts at once?

Check out the full video interview here: Collider: ‘Lion’ Writer Luke Davies on How ‘WALL-E’ Influenced His Take on the Incredible True Story

Quote of the Day – Damon Lindelof

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This blog is focused on inspiration, and that applies to all types of writers, whether they’ve made it or not. When you’re put under the limelight things can change, especially if you write a hit. A lot of writers don’t know what to do in this scenario, or they don’t know how to react. It can be really difficult, because their whole world can change in moments. Nobody knows who they are, and then in an instant they’re all over the news, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, you name it. This can be a dream come true or a total nightmare.

In the case of “Lost” and Damon Lindelof, a lot of people didn’t like the season finale. It was the biggest show on television at the time, and it made a lot of people who invested hour upon hour watching the show religiously very angry. That being said, “Lost” was one of my favorite shows from the first moment to the very last. It’s been one of the biggest inspirations for me. I think Damon gives a great insight in the quote below.

“I stand by the Lost finale. It’s the story that we wanted to tell, and we told it. No excuses. No apologies. I look back on it as fondly as I look back on the process of writing the whole show. And while I’ll always care what you think, I can’t be a slave to it anymore. Here’s why:

I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.”

The full article is a response to the season finale for “Breaking Bad,” another one of my biggest inspirations. It’s definitely worth a read.

Here’s the full article link: The Hollywood Reporter: Damon Lindelof on Why ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Finale Let Him Say Goodbye to ‘Lost’

In-Depth Interview – Taylor Sheridan

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The next writer of the week goes to another Oscar nominated writer, Taylor Sheridan. His newest movie, “Hell or High Water,” has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Taylor is a fairly new writer in Hollywood, and is only known for his other hit, “Sicario.” It’s an amazing movie if you haven’t seen it. Prior to writing, Taylor had a career as a TV actor in shows like “Veronica Mars” and “Sons of Anarchy.”

Here are a few questions from the interview:

“What was the initial spark of inspiration for this script?”

How important is it for you craft these important topical and existential messages into a genre film?”

Do you feel like your background as an actor makes you focus on character over plot?”

You can find the full interview here: Collider – In-Depth Interview – Taylor Sherridan