An American screenwriter in London, the Bourne franchise scribe was taking part in the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series when he unveiled these lessons for success. Among the things Tony Gilroy says aspiring writers need to do, according to BBC News: “Make stuff up, but keep it real,” “Learn to write anywhere, anytime” and “Don’t live in Los Angeles”. Here’s the full list, along with his Gilroy’s comments:
Related: Mike Fleming’s Q&A With Tony Gilroy
1. Go to the movies
I don’t think there is anything you can learn from courses or books. You have been watching movies since you were born. You have filled your life with narrative… and food. It’s already way down deep inside you.
Going to the movies, having something to say, having an imagination and the ambition to do it is really all that is required. You can learn how to do anything.
2. Make stuff up but keep it real
This is imaginative work – screenwriters make things up. Everything I have in my life is a result of making things up. There is one thing that you have to know that is a deal-breaker – human behaviour.
The quality of your writing will be directly related to your understanding of human behaviour. You need to become a journalist for the movie that is in your head. You need to report on it; every scene has to be real. (more…)