Film Courage: Should a screenwriter know the ending of their story before attempting to write it?
Scott Myers, DePaul University Professor/Screenwriter/Creator Gointothestory.blcklst(dot)com: Well again…no writer is the same and every story is different. I’m reminded of the Writers Guild strike in 1988 which was the longest strike to date.
I broke in in 1987 and within a year we were on strike and that strike lasted (I think) 26 weeks, half of the year. It was a bummer because you couldn’t earn money. But what I did was I would go on the picket line and I would tag the older writers because I wanted to hear about the old Hollywood days (the studio system and whatnot).
I remember at the Fox lot there was this conversation I had with this guy from New York (I don’t remember his name) but he was very funny, very outspoken. He at one point said to me Scott, ya’ gotta know four things to know before ya’ start writin’ da’ script.
What’s the beginning of the story, what’s is the…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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