This Will Help You Write Better Dialogue — Frank Dietz

Film Courage: Are you writing and then emailing him [co-writer Todd Traina] notes? Are you meeting in person? How does this happen?

Frank Dietz, Screenwriter/Artist: Both. Sometimes we would get together. Todd used to love when I would basically perform what I came up with. He’d sit back with his glass of wine and I’d put mine down and I would act out these new ideas.

This is something also when I teach classes in screenwriting or whatever. One of the things I always try to make aspiring screenwriters understand is first of all it’s not just about watching movies. I hear a lot of people Well, I watch a lot of movies. I know that and how movies work. Well, no you don’t. Watching movies is great and you should do that but you’ve got to do way more than that.

I think it’s more than just reading books about writing. I think it’s much more than that because you’re dealing in a medium that is way more than just your words. You have actors who then have to say those words. I always recommend screenwriters take…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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BIO: Inspired at age 6 by a viewing of ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, Frank Dietz has found success in the film industry as a writer, producer, director, actor and animator. Frank grew up on Long Island, N.Y, and then attended the State University at Oswego, where he majored in theatre and art. He starred in a series of now-cult low-budget horror films like ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE, ROCK N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE, BLACK ROSES and THE JITTERS. Bitten by the film bug, Frank then moved to Los Angeles, where his screenwriting career began. He wrote the scripts for many independent features, including NAKED SOULS, COLD HARVEST and the MAGIC IN THE MIRROR series. In 1996, Frank returned to his artistic roots and joined Walt Disney Studios as an animation artist. His work can be seen in such films as HERCULES, MULAN, TARZAN, FANTASIA 2000, ATLANTIS – THE LOST EMPIRE, TREASURE PLANET and HOME ON THE RANGE. During this period Frank created the Sketchy Things series of classic monster sketchbooks, which became extremely popular with genre fans. In 2007 and 2008, Frank was awarded the very first Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for “Artist Of The Year.” In 2009 he joined Larry Blamire’s Bantam Street troupe, and appeared in THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, which was produced by Trish Geiger. In 2011…(Read more here).




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