There is no one way to write a screenplay. Some people go to a coffee shop every morning and try to bang out pages. Some put a bunch of sticky notes on a wall and stare at it all day. And then there's Dustin Lance Black, whose method is so exhaustive you will probably get tired just thinking about even attempting it.
Black won an Oscar in 2009 for Best Original Screenplay for Milk, the Sean Penn-starring biopic about openly gay politician Harvey Milk, and a new video explores the meticulous process he goes through when preparing to write a screenplay. It starts with gathering research, which is hardly a surprise considering Black is known for his historical biopics, but from there he enters a labyrinth of note cards that will make your head spin.
This obviously isn't how all screenplays are written. Not everyone goes to the lengths Black does to organize things, but it's fascinating to see just how far he goes before he even writes the actual screenplay, and just how complicated the process of making movies can be before there's ever even a frame of footage shot.
Found via Sploid.
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