In-Depth Interview – Quentin Tarantino

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Quentin Tarantino said his 10th film will be his last, and as the count gets closer I wonder what he’s got left up his sleeves. He’s one of the reasons, I and many others, have studied film. He’s a trendsetter, an amazing writer and director, and his characters are like none you’ll see anywhere else. If you watch one of his movie’s for the first time you better be ready to sit on the edge of your seat for the next two hours. I thought it’d be appropriate to post an in-depth interview with him, as his past few releases have all come out during the Holidays.

A few questions from the interview:

Is it different now, coming off Django Unchained andInglourious Basterds? Those were the biggest hits of your career. Did that box office change things?

You’ve talked at various times about how, when you’re directing, you like to play your audience like a conductor does an orchestra. As time goes on and audiences become more sophisticated and accustomed to your style, does that become harder?

Back to movies: Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have been pessimistic about the future of the film industry, worrying that if a few tentpoles flopped, it could cause the whole business to implode. Do you share their concern?

Enjoy!

Quote of the Day – Craig Borten

Today is World AIDS Day. Luckily, AIDS is no longer a death sentence, but it is still a major problem throughout the world. It seems like the medical community is optimistic about finding a cure. It would be wonderful thing, and to raise awareness I’m dedicating today’s quote of the day to Craig Borten, co-writer of “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s based on a true story and it’s one you shouldn’t miss. Here’s a description:

In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. Woodroof joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can’t wait for the medical establishment to save them.

Also, here’s today’s quote of the day:

“For me, it’s the characters, breaking the characters. That’s what I spend most of my time with. Once I’ve done that, character will speak to plot and story.”

Some writer’s start with a title, some with a premise, and for some the foundation is the character. There may not be a right way to get started, but clearly starting with the characters helped Craig create an Academy Award winning film. A film with serious recognition, a great story, and one that has helped inform the public about the hardships of AIDS.

In-Depth Interview – Charlie Brooker

In recent years, Charlie Brooker has been responsible for creating one of my favorite shows, “Black Mirror. Each episode is a stand-alone story with a different cast, much like “The Twilight Zone.” Every episode deals with technology in some facet, meaning many of the episodes are in the not so distant future, but a few could be considered modern. The show has been a bit of a phenomenon as it became a hit with only 3 episodes in its first season. This is because it deals with some frightening topics that could affect us within our lifetimes. This show is a thrill, and it has really made the viewers wonder, “what if?”

Check out this great interview by NPR: Charlie Brooker Interview 

It’s in both audio and text, so you can read or listen.

If you haven’t seen the show, this interview does a really good job of preparing you for the world you enter, and for understanding Charlie Brooker’s writing process. You can find all the episodes on Netflix.

Scribnos – A Boutique for Writers

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We, at theOffice, have created a boutique specifically for the writer in your life. Deals for $25 or less right now! This is the perfect place to find a gift for you or your loved ones on Black Friday. We’ve got books on writing, ergonomics like the comfiest of chairs, adjustable laptop stands, beautiful moleskine and leather notebooks, and much more. If you’ve got a writer in your life, and want to surprise them with something they’ll love, you should check out our store.

Check it out: www.scribnos.com 

Scribnos is a curated shop for the writer brought to you by the folks at theOffice, a shared workspace serving LA writers since 2004. We have scoured Amazon for the most dependable and highly rated products so you don’t have to. Tried and tested by our community of Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, and journalists, Scribnos is a one-stop shop for all your writing-related needs.

Ira Glass on the Creative Process

Whether you’re just starting out as a storyteller, or you’re well practiced in the art, Ira Glass has some great advice for all writers. He talks about an issue we all have, and a great solution to the problem.

Here’s a short video: Ira Glass on the Creative Process

Write and write and write until you like what’s on the page. That’s what I’ve taken from his advice. Sometimes you know what you want on the page, but it won’t come out right until you’ve tried putting it down a few different ways.

Friday Fun – What’s Your Story About?

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This happens to me far too often. Anybody else feel this way? In Junior College, I had this great creative writing professor. Whenever someone asked him what he was writing, he had a default answer. He would say, “I’m writing a story about a one-legged man who hops all the way across America.” For those of you that don’t like to share because of the comic above, this is a great way to get out of that conversation.