Of all the incredibly important jobs in the world of filmmaking, the screenwriter’s might be the least understood. Film is a collaborative medium, yet writing is a very solitary profession – and the men and women who create the stories that serve as the spine of every film released around the globe aren’t nearly as well known as the actors and directors who take their words and make them a visual reality.
THR attempts to remedy that with a Writer’s Roundtable wherein six of our most famous writers talk about their craft and how the business takes their work and turns it into motion pictures.
Featuring a who’s who of screenwriting talent – Pedro Almodovar, Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Eric Roth, Oren Moverman, and Dustin Lance Black – the recorded discussions provide a rare glimpse into how screenwriters work, and allows viewers to get a sense of who these guys really are. Our only complaint? They didn’t get at least one female writer to break up the testosterone in the room. Maybe next time.
It should come as no surprise that the writers, who’ve all penned major Hollywood productions, aren’t shy about expressing their thoughts. Sorkin is particularly outspoken in the clips, talking about how he and Zaillian handled rewriting each other on Moneyball and having a fairly tense back and forth with Almodovar on the topic of whether or not film is a distinctly indigenous American artform.
The discussion is fascinating because the writers themselves are interesting people. Writers might get the shaft in the film business (they never make as much as actors or directors, despite the fact that without them we wouldn’t have a movie for actors and directors to make in the first place…), but these men certainly have interesting observations about the world of cinema – and kudos to THR for getting them together and allowing them to speak for themselves without doing it through the intermediary of a character in one of their scripts. Check out three of the segments below.