I’ve become a fan of John August’s SCRIPT NOTES. Admittedly, it’s very much a chat among men-who’ve-made-it but August, like no other pro, is enormously generous with his knowledge about the craft and the industry.
Here he talks solo on camera.
As the screenwriter of some Tim Burton movies, including Big Fish, Alice In Wonderland and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, I’m not particularly a fan of his writing as I find it somewhat too cold and quirky.
The advice he gives here applies to the type of quirkiness that results from breaking convention in essential areas of screenwriting. John can get away with it because he has forty scripts under his belt.
And because he writes for Burton.
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Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplay at age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in acquisition, development and production. He has trained students worldwide, and worked with half a dozen Academy Award nominees. Karel speaks more European languages than you have fingers on your left hand, which he is still trying to find a use for in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. The languages, not the fingers.