Top Screenwriting Quotes

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1. "I tend to jot down moments, lines, interactions that don't really make any sense. I try and explain these scattered notes to my close friends, and they become more and more logical. I see screenwriting as a bit like a math equation which I have to solve."
Author: Asghar Farhadi
2. "I think if I've worked anything through with screenwriting it's that I'm not going to be able to work anything through."
Author: Charlie Kaufman
3. "I don't think screenwriting is therapeutic. It's actually really, really hard for me. It's not an enjoyable process."
Author: Charlie Kaufman
4. "I think, in a weird way, the reason I was drawn to screenwriting and the reason I really love doing it is because I love writing dialogue."
Author: David Benioff
5. "Filmmaking is a very complex form - ya know, acting, lighting, screenwriting, storytelling, music, editing - all these things have to come together."
Author: Jay Duplass
6. "I don't mind doing scripted material. It's actually kind of a relief, because improvising is a little bit like screenwriting on your feet."
Author: John C. Reilly
7. "I had always been interested in screenwriting, ever since I could write things down as a child. Obviously, I started as an actor, professionally, but screenwriting was always something that I had a great interest in."
Author: John Francis Daley
8. "Once you see the entertainment world from both sides, you really get a greater understanding of how it all operates. As an actor going into screenwriting, I was able to understand what type of dialogue feels natural and what an actor could actually say."
Author: John Francis Daley
9. "I find that screenwriting is at best kind of a hackwork in some ways."
Author: John Milius
10. "For me, screenwriting is all about setting characters in motion and as a writer just chasing them. They should tell you what they'll do in any scene you put them in."
Author: Justin Zackham
11. "I often attribute my screenwriting to journalism because they drill in the who, what, when, where and why - but we really need to land on that why. That's what I've been exploring in my writing for many years and trying to get better at."
Author: Mara Brock Akil
12. "Working at Pixar has been like my graduate school for screenwriting."
Author: Michael Arndt
13. "I want to get off with the screenwriting."
Author: Obie Trice
14. "I teach a course in screenwriting at Columbia, but I've never taken a course and I've never read a book about it!"
Author: Paul Schrader
15. "Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out."
Author: Paul Thomas Anderson
16. "All writing is discipline, but screenwriting is a drill sergeant."
Author: Robert McKee
17. "For me, as a writer who comes from quite a naturalistic tradition, British screenwriting is quite delicate, quite small, and rarified in a way."
Author: Simon Beaufoy
18. "I'm very lucky. I actually like screenwriting. I rarely feel a sense of doom going to my desk."
Author: Simon Beaufoy

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