Last night I had the pleasure of attending a panel hosted by Creative Screenwriting Magazine that included 6 of 10 Oscar nominated screenwriters for this year. The panelists are listed below, followed by a pithy commentary on their personality:
Charmingly bumbling short British guy in a tan suit.
I’m always going to give the dumb answer!
Shockingly youthful, awkwardly comfortable with amazing hair and proportioned like a giraffe.
In response to what he would change about another panelist’s movie:
If I had Brad Pitt in my movie, I definitely would have had a gay sex scene
Dedicated, passionate, no-nonsense in a dark blue pantsuit and peep toe pumps.
In response to how she maintained creative control of her film (she also directed):
I had no money. I was always wondering if I would be able to shoot another day.
Completely uninterested, slouching and mumbling, with nothing to prove.
In response to an audience question about the logic of Benjamin Button growing up and then down again:
I have no idea what you just asked me.
Gangly and personable, eager to make jokes.
Addressed to the moderator (twice):
(Don’t get the wrong impression, he was quite funny).
I don’t remember any of his quotes because they were usually pretty longwinded.
As a pathetic wannabe writer – in whatever capacity – the most important thing I took away from this panel, that I hear again and again but still struggle with, is just to write. Just write a first draft. It is probably going to suck, but it is much better and much less scary than a blank page.