Rewriting Collective Insights: Phil Lord

Phil Lord speaking about his encounters with “square one” during the writing process.

"The Writers Guild of America consumes more mental health visits than any other health care collective in America. The reason is rewriting." Phil Lord, TED talk
I mean, artistic processes are all about making choices all the time, and the very act of making a choice is the distilling down and the getting to the core of what it is that you care about and what you want to say, really.Mike Leigh
I mean, artistic processes are all about making choices all the time, and the very act of making a choice is the distilling down and the getting to the core of what it is that you care about and what you want to say, really.
Mike Leigh
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It’s quite simple. There is nothing more important than purpose. Clear storytelling. Good character development. You see so many beautiful films nowadays, but you ask yourself – why did you actually make this film? I can forgive a film if it cuts corners on scenery or the colour/sound isn’t perfect, but if the film doesn’t have a point – that’s unforgivable.
Dennis Cieri, Executive Director, NYC Independent Film Festival.
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Brian Koppelman: 101 Practical Writing Tips

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101 Practical Writing Tips From Hollywood Screenwriter Brian Koppelman - Comfort Pit

Every writer/filmmaker should print these and hang them somewhere where you can casually read them and absorb them. The bathroom wall maybe.

Every. Damn. Word. Of. This.

I began writing scripts with two other people around 1940. Up until then I wrote alone, and found that I had no difficulties. But in writing alone there is a danger that your interpretation of another human being will suffer from one-sidedness. If you write with two other people about that human being, you get at least three different viewpoints on him, and you can discuss the points on which you disagree. Also, the director has a natural tendency to nudge the hero and the plot along into a pattern that is the easiest one for him to direct. By writing with about two other people, you can avoid this danger also.

Akira Kurosawa

I wish this were a more common, accepted practice.