Christopher McQuarrie On Writing

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I love the “Mission: Impossible” movies. Every single one I’ve seen has been great, and the most recent continues on with that trend. Christopher McQuarrie is a special case with the series as he’s the first person to come back and direct a second movie. It’s amazing how he’s been able to keep the series feeling fresh, and keeps you wanting more when it’s all over.

Christopher is also well-known for having written “The Mummy,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” and “The Usual Suspects.” He’s almost exclusively written Tom Cruise films for the past 6 years as well. Seems like their relationship has been paying off really well. A fun fact about these movies and Tom Cruise in general is he always does all of his stunts… Think about that, no stunt double after 22 years of “Mission: Impossible.” WOW!

A few questions from the interview:

 “You’re the first director to ever come back for a Mission: Impossible movie. What brought you back?”

When you were writing this film, as you were the helicopter scene, where you dictating it with action pieces in mind and then kind of going around that?”

The Usual Suspectsis amazing. And you have a certain way of orchestrating a great ensemble cast. Now this is an all-star cast. How difficult was it trying to– Because there’s a lot of characters. Juggling all that. How difficult was that part of this?”

And the full interview: ScreenRant – Christopher McQuarrie Interview – Mission: Impossible – Fallout


Friday Fun – Like Twitter, But Longer

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What is the world coming to??? Bookstores are going the way of Blockbuster, and this is what happens. I can only see the English Lit. classes of the future… “Okay kids. Last night J.K. Rowling tweeted the first sentence of her newest Twook (Twitter book). Let’s discuss. What does it mean?

How To Write A Musical


Do you have your jazz hands ready? Since we’re already on the topic of musicals this week, I thought tips on writing them would be a perfect segue. While they’re certainly making a comeback after a long recess, musicals have been a part of Hollywood filmmaking for a very long time. I think we have “Glee” to thank for the resurgence of them.

Do you know what type of musical you’d like to write? What is it about? What type of structure do you need? How do you format it? These and more questions are answered in this great article.

Here’s a great article on how to write a musical: Screencraft – How to Write and Format a Musical Feature Screenplay

Ol Parker On Writing

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I don’t think I’ve posted up about writing a musical before, so here’s something new for you. If you’re a fan, great, but if not next week I’ll likely be posting about “Mission Impossible“… because every single one of those films is amazing.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” was a wonderful musical with an excellent cast. I definitely recommend going to see it if you’ve seen the first film. The writer, Ol Parker, is otherwise known for having written “Now Is Good,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and “Imagine Me and You.” This was his first musical as well.

A few questions from the interview:

When did you and Universal decide to make a flashback an essential element of how the story would be told in this sequel?”

Had you dealt with any musical directing prior to getting the job?”

What was your favorite musical sequence? Most challenging?”

Here’s the link to the full interview: Variety – ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Director Ol Parker on Casting Cher: ‘I Refused to Contemplate Anyone Else’

Friday Fun – The Perfect Word


Snoopy, you’re thinking about it too much. You’ll never get published at this rate. The right words are very important, but get the idea down on paper first. I think you’ll be much happier with the work you’ve done… if you’ve actually done some work.

As for last week’s post, nobody submitted. It seems that the characters just stare blankly at each other for all three panels. Their silence was somewhat expected, but a fun experiment.

Top Screenwriting Contests and Fellowships of 2018

Want to make it in the film industry as a writer, but you just don’t know how? One way is to win a screenwriting competition. Screenwriting competitions are great for several reasons. One reason is that if you have a deadline to finish a script it’s far more likely that you’ll complete it. Another is that you’re having talented people judge your scripts. You may not have feedback on the script from them, so a piece of advice before you submit would be to get some professional script coverage. Finally, the cash prize is great incentive, but the best thing that can come out of it is that your script can be made or a big agent may want to sign you. Pretty cool. Screenwriting competitions are fierce, and a very small percentage come out on top. That being said, if you want to take screenwriting seriously this is a great avenue to go down. At the very least you’ll be gaining some great writing experience.

Here’s an article of some of the top screenwriting contests in 2018:

Good In A Room – The Top 14 Screenwriting Contests To Enter In 2018

Also, keep a lookout on our Twitter page, where we’ll now be announcing upcoming deadlines for the biggest competitions.

Lilly and Lana Wachowski On Writing

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Would you choose the blue pill or the red pill?

This picture isn’t the most recent since Andy Wachowski has become Lilly, but I couldn’t find any current ones of the two together. Nonetheless, these are the Wachowksis. The two of them have created some amazing films, and to be sure some of my favorites, like “The Matrix,” “V For Vendetta,” and “Cloud Atlas.” The Wachowskis are co-directors and co-writers, and have created some of the most amazing film experiences you can imagine.

There’s a great interview here that goes into their inspirations. It’s a retrospective on their films, leading all the way up to “Jupiter Ascending.” If you’re a fan of any of these films this is worth a watch. It’s long, so make some popcorn before checking it out!