American Screenwriter Quotes
There was a great director who directed a picture that I wrote who barred me from the set—quite appropriately—and said, I'm sorry, Jim. When you're directing, you don't need to know everything. You need the illusion that you do. And, you know, and I WOULD be there—behind him trying to signal the actors in, you know, in a way I wasn't even aware of.
What they learned [...] was to speak on the phones in such a way that your hearer couldn't help but understand what you meant, and in such a way that you, speaking, had no choice but to express what you meant, they learned to make speech — transparent, like glass, so that through the words the face is seen truly.
Entertain, yes. That goes without saying. But a good writer does that automatically, it's built into the machine. Telling a thumpingly good, mesmerizing story is what one does without question. But beyond that, any writer worth his/her hire knows that all writing, one way or another, is subversive. It is guerrilla warfare against the status quo.
We have this sacred cow in our society that what the majority of people want is rightbut is it? Our populace can't really be informed, not the majority of themmost people vote the way they have been manipulated and by the way they have responded to that manipulationthey are working out their own patterns of wishful thinking on the social environment in which they live.
Port Talbot is a steel town, where everything is covered with gray iron ore dust. Even the beach is completely littered with dust, it's just black. The sun was setting, and it was quite beautiful. The contrast was extraordinary, I had this image of a guy sitting there on this dingy beach with a portable radio, tuning in these strange Latin escapist songs like 'Brazil.' The music transported him somehow and made his world less gray.
Out under the moon and the stars, alone with his son that eighth night, Omoro completed the naming ritual. Carrying little Kunta in his strong arms, he walked to the edge of the village, lifted his baby up with his face to the heavens, and said softly, "Fend kiling dorong leh warrata ka iteh tee. " (Behold—the only thing greater than yourself.)