This module currently runs: Studio II Craft and Ethics aims to equip students with a historical, critical and practical understanding of key forms of prose fiction, as both entertainment and literary texts. Students will develop an understanding of contemporary fiction in its various forms, as well as learning techniques and approaches necessary for creating their own.
The first step toward a career in screenwriting begins with making time to write, and the big names below prove that what aspiring screenwriters need to set themselves up for an Oscar is money to pay the bills and time on the side to work on their scripts.
Quentin Tarantino was working at a video rental store. The quirky filmmaker spent his early days working at Video Archives, a video rental store in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
While working at the video store, he also wrote the screenplays for True Romance and Natural Born Killers. Aline Brosh McKenna was writing for magazines.
McKenna was in the publishing industry and pitching freelance story ideas to unimpressed magazine editors when she decided to take a six-week screenwriting course at NYU.
Her film ideas, which the rest of the class laughed off as too mainstream, caught the attention of an agent. Russell was interning for PBS. He wrote scripts outside of his day jobs, the first being Bingo Inferno, a short film that was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.
Karen McCullah Lutz was dabbling in marketing and public relations. McCullah Lutz had embarked on several careers outside of the entertainment industry — including marketing for an investment firm, public relations for environmental nonprofits and furniture painting — when she was living in Denver and sending query letters to LA production companies.
She received a response from Karen Smith, a development coordinator who was impressed with her script which became the beloved movie 10 Things I Hate About You. Melisa Wallack was a partner in a tech company.
One half of the Oscar-nominated screenwriting pair for Dallas Buyers Club, Wallack was heading the West Coast office for a data discovery company she had founded with her sister when she started writing the script for the future Oscar nominee.
Diablo Cody was blogging about her life as a stripper. Cody quit her day job as a clerk at a Chicago bankruptcy firm to become a full-time stripper, an adventure she chronicled on her blog. The blog turned into a book, an opportunity that brought Cody into contact with Hollywood execs who took an interest in her indie coming-of-age comedy Juno.
James Cameron was a truck driver. After studying physics and English at a two-year community college in California, Cameron worked as a truck driver.
After seeing Star Wars inhe quit his truck-driving job to pursue a film career. Aaron Sorkin was a house sitter.
He worked odd jobs including driving limos, handing out fliers and delivering singing telegrams. It was one of his gigs as a house sitter that steered him toward scriptwriting when he started typing on an IBM typewriter he found in the apartment he was taking care of.
Richard Linklater worked on an off-shore oil rig. He spent his free time on the rig reading and writing. John Patrick Shanley enlisted in the Marines.
Shanley, an Oscar-winning screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrightis acclaimed for writing both the play and movie versions of Doubt, among others. After being put on academic probation following his freshman year at NYUhe enlisted in the U. Marines and served a stateside post in the Vietnam War.
When he returned to school, he graduated as valedictorian. After graduation he wrote plays and supported himself with a series of jobs that included elevator operator, house painter, furniture mover, locksmith and bartender.
Nancy Meyers sold cheesecakes. A desire to focus on scriptwriting led her to quit her assistant jobs and start her own cheesecake business, a venture that allowed her to spend her time outside of the kitchen writing movies.
Lisa Choldenko worked in the Israeli Ministry of Justice.
She moved to New York in the early s and found work as an assistant editor on various films and wrote short films on the side. Oliver Stone was a Vietnam War veteran. William Goldman was a clerk in the Pentagon. He first became fascinated with writing during a creative writing course in college.
After graduating from Oberlin College inhe went into the Army and worked as a clerk in the Pentagon and wrote stories after work. John Ridley was writing sit coms. What got Ridley in the movie writing world was a novel he wrote, failed to sell and then turned into a screenplay.
That novel was Stray Dogs which became a movie directed by Oliver Stone.Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series, has more practical advice: always carry a notebook, always plan and take a break for a cocktail if you get stuck.
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