Why I Almost Quit Screenwriting – Shawn Christensen [FULL INTERVIEW]

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Film Courage: Shawn, do you write everyday?

Shawn Christensen, Co-writer/director THE VANISHING OF SIDNEY HALL: I do now. I don’t always. I’m working on a screenplay that I’m trying to finalize. So yeah, I write everyday. But I’ll definitely go through phases where I can’t write or I don’t feel like like I have the ability to write.

Film Courage: And when you go through that, do you or did you used to be hard of yourself and now you just accept it as part of the process or how does that work?

Shawn Christensen: No, I don’t accept it. I’m always hard on myself and I don’t accept that as part of the process. I just…I just am sort of always rewriting as I write and never happy with anything out of the gate.

I guess what I’ll say to you is that I don’t write very quickly in that respect. I sort of inch-by-inch, word-by-word, go through the pages and I think I’m a little bit of a slower writer in that respect and other people because if I give them a first draft to somebody, the chances are it’s more like a fifth or sixth draft, you know? I’ve kind of like go the next day and rewrite what I did the day before, then get into new stuff…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).





THE VANISHING OF SIDNEY HALL will be exclusively on DIRECTV from January 25–February 21, 2018; VOD on February 27, Theatrical on March 2, 2018. For more info, please visit here.


Directed by: Shawn Christensen

Starring: Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Monaghan, and Nathan Lane


After publishing a bestselling novel based on the death of one of his high school classmates, the controversial writer Sidney Hall (Logan Lerman) finds himself catapulted to unexpected fame and renown. His relationship with his girlfriend (Elle Fanning) begins to fall apart as the dark consequences of the book intrude on their life together, and he disappears without a trace. Nearly a decade later, an enigmatic detective (Kyle Chandler) searches for the missing author, whose books are connected to a string of mysterious arsons.




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