It seems everyone has words of wisdom for emerging screenwriters. In this Academy Originals video, an impressive roster of actors, writers, directors and producers — including Steven Spielberg, Brie Larson, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Danny Boyle and Ridley Scott — respond to the question, “What advice do you have for screenwriters?”
Their responses are informative and occasionally amusing.
“Write the goodest you can, and write it for me,” jokes Silverman.
Sorkin says screenwriters should “read the screenplays of your favorite movies. Watch the movie with the screenplay on your lap, try to reverse-engineer it, figure out what it looked like on the page and how it got there.”
Rogen has some practical advice: “I would suggest writing something that is inexpensive to produce. Don’t write like a $200 million movie and wonder why nobody wants to take a shot and make it.”
Ultimately, all the advice in the world won’t help unless you sit down to write. So Silverman advises, “Write the bad version, write the shitty version. If you just think of it with no stakes, then you get pen to paper, finger to keys.”