In an effort to inspire and equip aspiring screenwriters with the tricks of the trade, BAFTA has created a series of videos entitled “How I Write,” featuring established Hollywood screenwriters like Tony Gilroy, Peter Morgan and Richard Curtis. Discussing preparation, the first draft, and re-writing, the aforementioned scripters, along with David S. Goyer, Hossein Amini and Susannah Grant, offer insight into their working processes.
While some rely heavily on research, others find that it’s best to stick with ideas that have been brewing inside their heads for quite sometime. Outlining can be helpful, but sometimes, says Grant, it’s a bit like a road trip: “You know where you’re starting, and you know where you’re heading,” though the stops may change along the way. Another word of advice: find your way into an editing room. There, notes Amini, “You learn what’s needed and what’s not, and what’s being thrown out.” For more kernels of wisdom on screenplays, check out the videos below.