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Video: John August Talks About Breaking Convention

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

Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplay at age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in international movie rights acquisition, script development and production. He has trained and consulted to filmmakers all over the world, including award-winning screenwriters, and Academy Award nominees. Karel founded this website, as well as Logline.it!, ranks among the most influential people for screenwriting on social media, and speaks more than a handful of European languages (which should come in handy in his present hometown of Sydney, Australia).

Comments 1

  1. Animationy

    Thanks for this.
    I love him talking about the responsibility he holds for the worlds he created.
    The podcast looks like a wonderful resource too.
    Cheers
    Inger

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