Film Courage: Do you still write spec scripts?
Scott Myers, DePaul University Professor/Screenwriter/Creator Gointothestory.blcklst(dot)com: Yes, it’s interesting because I did break in in 1987 writing a spec script called K-9. It was sold to Universal and then became a movie starring James Belushi. It was released in 1989 and then there were a few sequels and then off of that I had a 15 year period where I lived in Los Angeles and wrote 30 plot projects for every major studio and every broadcast network except for ABC (which is why I joke why I don’t watch ABC).
Nowadays I teach at the DePaul University of Cinematic Arts in Chicago full time. I’ve evolved into that and so I don’t write as much in terms of screenplays right now. I do have one project I’m working on with a producer because I’m an academic now. I’ve finally fully entered into this academic world. I’m writing a book on screenwriting and that is my major area of focus. But I do have a novel that I want to write and I have another screenplay that I have waiting when I get a chance to write it.
Film Courage: Do you think there’s an energy to where you write? When you were in Los Angeles for 15 or so years and then going to Illinois and if you’ve also written in Virginia or wherever, is there a difference in what you write or what you produce?
Scott: When I was here [Los Angeles] I had a little formula that I would use. It was 1-to-5 or 5-to-7 which meant that I wrote from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the afternoon and when I was pounding out a first draft it would be 5-to-7 pages so if I hit 5 pages by say 3:30 I’d say Okay, I’m done. Because I found that was basically as much as I could do apart from going away for the weekend and jamming out 60 pages which I’ve done too.
“There is no right way to write. Every writer is different. Every story is different.”
It didn’t really matter where I would write, it just had to be quiet. I’m not one of those people who can go to coffee shops. I’ll put white noise on to avoid outside interruptions.
Now I do most of my creative writing late at night like one o’clock in the morning because that is when everything stops in terms of emails and what not…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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