Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber On Writing

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber were the duo that were recently nominated for having written the Adapted Screenplay, “The Disaster Artist.” This movie is based on the book, which was written about the filming process of what’s known to be the worst movie of all time, “The Room.” If you need some inspiration, just know that even the worst movies can be major successes. Don’t aspire to be the worst though. Please don’t.

There’s a full article on why “The Room” became the major success that it is. It’s a fun read: Vox – The Room: how the worst movie ever became a Hollywood legend as bizarre as its creator

Scott and Michael are well known for writing together. Other movies they’re known for are “500 Days of Summer,” “The Spectacular Now,” and “The Fault in Our Stars.”

Here are a few questions from the interview this week:

First of all, how did you guys discover The Room? Did you see the film in its first theatrical run? Was it the infamous Los Angeles billboard?

That’s interesting. I was going to ask about this: Do you recommend someone see The Room before they see The Disaster Artist?

How did you guys get involved in the project? What was the hook that attracted you?

And here is the full interview:

ScreenCrush: The Screenwriters of ‘The Disaster Artist’ On How To Write Dialogue For Tommy Wiseau

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Critics and Audiences

There’s been a lot of controversy over the differences between the scores of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and for good reasons I believe. If you don’t know what’s going on, critics love the movie and audiences feel totally mixed about it. While the critic score is lying at a fresh 93%, the audience score is sitting at much lower 54%. Rotten Tomatoes has come out and said that these ratings are very real, and nothing fishy is going on with them. This disparity can be normal in movies, but what’s really strange here is that critics love the movie far more than the audiences do. That’s not supposed to happen. It’s supposed to be the other way around… isn’t it? I’m going to leave my opinion out of this, because that’s not what I’m aiming for here. If you want to learn more about the controversy, here’s a great article that describes why people are feeling the way they are about the film:

Vox: The “backlash” against Star Wars: The Last Jedi, explained

Now, onto my point. As a writer, if you become successful, you’ll have to deal with critics and audiences. This right here could not be a better example of what I want to convey. A story is a story. The only thing that matters is that you put your heart and soul into it, and that you’ve done everything you can to make it the best you can. At the end of the day the opinions of the critics and audiences are just that, opinions. There’s a whole lot of people out there that love and hate this Star Wars movie. They’re all passionate about it, and many of their points are valid. Who’s right? Every single one of them is. A story can affect every person who experiences it in a different way. Each person might place more emphasis in a different place. It was too cute. It wasn’t cute enough. The jokes were too jokey. Did you see what happened with all that action, and the moment with the LIGHTSABER?? I want to buy this movie just so I can burn it in my fireplace. It was everything and more than I could have dreamed, I’m going to frame it.

What matters at the end of the day is that you are happy with what you’ve written. That’s something to work towards.

In-Depth Look – Lisa Joy

This week marks the last week of our In-Depth series of Emmy posts. I hope you enjoyed reading them and learning about some of the best writers of the year. This week, Lisa Joy teaches us the importance of knowing it’s never too late to get your start. She was on a solid path as a lawyer, but secretly held a love for writing.

Lisa is most well known for having written “Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice,” and “Westworld.” Those are some pretty amazing shows. She was recently nominated in the category of Writing for a Drama Series at the 2017 Emmy Awards. If you want to see the full list of nominees and the winners, you can find it here: Emmy Winners 2017

Learn more about how Lisa came to be a writer here: Cosmopolitan – Get That Life: How I Became the Co-Creator of Westworld

Quote of the Day – Melissa Rosenberg

Melissa Rosenberg is the wonderful lady who brought you “Dexter,” “Jessica Jones,” and the “Twilight” series. She’s got some great words of advice here. You can always start something. In fact it’s easy to start things. It’s the things that you’re resilient with that you become good at. The key to being a good writer, or a writer at all, is far more simple than you may think. It’s your resilience in the craft. Write something and pick up where you left off, and do it over and over again until it’s finished. It sounds simple, but it’s one of the hardest things you can do. Life finds a million reasons to throw obstructions in your path to stop you from becoming what you want to be. Don’t let it. Not today, not tomorrow, not any day. Be resilient, and your success will come.

In-Depth Interview – Peter Morgan

Up next in our series of Emmy nominees in the category of Writing for a Drama Series is Peter Morgan for having written “The Crown.” If you’d like to see a full list of nominees and the winners you can find them here: Emmy Winners 2017. Before this, Peter had been most well-known for having written movies such as “Frost/Nixon,” “Rush,” “The Last King of Scotland,” and “The Queen.”

This interview is great, because it’s spoiler-free! Also, it gives you a great insight on what the show is about, and what it’s like approaching a very important part of history as a writer.

A few questions from the interview:

So the American conception of what royalty means, culturally, is very different from what it means in Britain. What it’s like to communicate, to those who may not be aware, just what kind of impact somebody being “the Queen” has on a culture?”

It’s interesting — the word “job” comes up a lot when you talk about this. If you were to write the job description for the Queen at this point, what would it look like? What are her qualifications? What are her responsibilities? Or is that too big a question?”

What would your response be to finding out that an American writer was doing essentially exactly the same sort of show, but as an American, with an American perspective? “

You can find the full article here: IndieWire: ‘The Crown’ Creator Peter Morgan Is Amazed That the Queen Isn’t Royally Screwed Up