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Screenwriting is a solitary and often thankless endeavor. A writer is piloted only by the abstract sense of story-telling that lives within, bumbling and staggering along until hopefully the path to coherence is illuminated.
The journey of our script was not unlike others. It was actually quite typical. It took about two years of writing, third party reviewing, rewriting, and re-rewriting. The title page reads “third draft,” but there’s no way to really measure the hundreds of passes that were made. Although ALEXANDER MASTERSON is considered a completed screenplay, it has not seen the final iteration before the cameras roll.
If writing for the screen is something YOU are serious about, immerse yourself in the screenwriter’s culture. Read blogs like this one. Read trade magazines. Join workshops. Do everything you can to become a writer, instead of just dreaming.
There are two podcasts in particular I urge you to follow. The first is John August and Craig Mazin’s “Srcriptnotes,” a podcast about screenwriting, and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Both August and Mazin are professionals with impressive track records in film. Experienced to no end on the business and craft of screenwriting, the two have very different perspectives and make for a delightful listen.
The other is the “Nerdist Writer’s Panel,” a podcast always featuring different writers discussing their unique experiences in the world of screenwriting. This podcast is a little more widespread than the other, but at least as entertaining and informative.
We hope you enjoy the process of writing as much as we do. As always, if you have any questions about our film, or the process in general, we would love to hear from you.