Shane Black’s Obsession with Christmas, Seen in ‘Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys,’ and ‘Iron Man 3’

“It tends to be a touchstone for me,” Shane Black admits in an Entertainment Weekly article. “Christmas represents a little stutter in the march of days, a hush in which we have a chance to assess and retrospect our lives. I tend to think also that it just informs as a backdrop. “The first time I noticed it was Three Days of the Condor, the Sydney Pollack … Continue reading Shane Black’s Obsession with Christmas, Seen in ‘Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys,’ and ‘Iron Man 3’

Befriending Writer’s Block, an Interview with Depth Psychotherpist Philip Ruddy

Philip Ruddy is a depth psychotherapist with a masters degree in Counseling Psychology, who also happens to have fifteen years’ experience working as a writer and producer. As such, he is well-equipped to understand the creative mind, and he works with writers, artists and performers to help them with creative blocks, anxiety, depression, and the unique stresses of the film and television industry. Creative Screenwriting spoke … Continue reading Befriending Writer’s Block, an Interview with Depth Psychotherpist Philip Ruddy

Septembers of Shiraz, an Interview with Screenwriter Hanna Weg

Heavyweights Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody star in Hanna Weg’s Septembers of Shiraz, based on the novel of the same name. The story follows an Iranian Jewish family as they cope with the total upheaval of the 1979 Revolution. Creative Screenwriting spoke with Hanna Weg about the burning need to write, choosing the medium, and telling an Iranian story in English. What led you into screenwriting? I … Continue reading Septembers of Shiraz, an Interview with Screenwriter Hanna Weg

Matt Brown’s ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

Writer/Director Matt Brown on the project’s long gestation, the cathartic moment of a good story, and the scene he wishes he hadn’t cut. The Man Who Knew Infinity stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom) as Srinivasa Ramanujan, an unparalleled genius of mathematics who earns a seat at Cambridge University during World War I, where his theories are mentored by professor G. H. Hardy, portrayed … Continue reading Matt Brown’s ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

From Moonshine to NASCAR, an Interview with Author Neal Thompson

[Originally published in Carolina Monthly’s Lifestyle Blog] Author and journalist Neal Thompson discusses his various publications, including Driving With the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR, which was featured in the April Box from Carolina Monthly. Let’s start at the beginning. Can you tell us a little about your background and how you got into writing?  I’m one of those guys lucky enough … Continue reading From Moonshine to NASCAR, an Interview with Author Neal Thompson

Creating ‘Zootopia,’ an Interview with Disney’s Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer

Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer on pop culture references in Zootopia, the Disney collaboration model, and serious themes in animation. In Disney Animation, story is king. For the film Zootopia, seven creators worked to shape the story that began in the mind of Byron Howard. In the later portion of their five-year battle to bring the Zootopians to life, major plot changes occurred … Continue reading Creating ‘Zootopia,’ an Interview with Disney’s Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer

Narrative Therapy, Pamela Romanowsky on ‘The Adderall Diaries’ with James Franco

Written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky, The Adderall Diaries stars James Franco as author Stephen Elliot, with co-stars Ed Harris, Amber Heard, Cynthia Nixon, and Christian Slater. Overcome with writer’s block, substance abuse, fleeting relationships, and parental issues, Stephen Elliot hits rock bottom when his estranged father arrives and publicly claims that his son has lied about much of the childhood that energizes his writing. Amidst the chaos, … Continue reading Narrative Therapy, Pamela Romanowsky on ‘The Adderall Diaries’ with James Franco