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I don't subscribe to anything. I sit there and I try to think about what seems honest to me.
I like titles that are a little difficult, because it's kind of counterintuitive.
I think if I've worked anything through with screenwriting it's that I'm not going to be able to work anything through.
I'm in my mind a lot. I live there.
I have a tendency to hire people who tend to be unattractive to the studios. Maybe this is a bad idea.
I want to try it to see what it's like and see what my stuff looks like when I take it from inception to completion.
There's this inherent screenplay structure that everyone seems to be stuck on, this three-act thing. It doesn't really interest me. To me, it's kind of like saying, 'Well, when you do a painting, you always need to have sky here, the person here and the ground here.' Well, you don't.
We have the script, we have the actors, and we're trying to figure out what this is, and you don't know what it is. You have to be open to what it's going to become rather than have this thing that you're trying to get to, which is boring.
I think if something resonates, even if it's surreal, it's because it is relatable and I think that that's a core issue for me.
I wanted to deal with someone's idea of their relationship.
The way I write is very much without kind of a goal. I have something I'm interested in and then I decide I'm going to explore it. I don't know where the characters are going to go, I don't know what the movie is going to do or what the screenplay is going to do. For me, that's the way to keep it alive.
Before you start production, you have characters you have created without actors in mind, then all of a sudden you've got actors. They bring an enormous amount in creating these characters, and creating the dynamics between the characters that you've written.
I'm interested in trying to explore what I think is the truth at a given time in my life, and part of the process of being honest is - in my mind - talking about the idea that you're watching a movie. You're sitting here watching a movie. And I like that. It appeals to me intellectually, and also in a way I can't even explain.
I've kind of come to the conclusion that what passes for realism in movies has nothing to do with reality and that my stuff is more realistic than that.
The only honest and generous thing for me to do is to give people myself. That's all I've got as an artist, so I want to do that in an unflinching way.
If you create something that is asking for people to respond as they're going to respond, you have to allow them to respond as they're going to respond. Some of the people are going to be uninterested and some people are going to be mad for some reason, which is their business. That's just the way the world is.
In a lot of movies, especially big studio ones, they're not constructed in any other way than to get people to like them and then tell their friends. It's a product.
I don't write genre stuff in any form. I'm not interested in it. I always try to do the opposite of that.
As a kid, I had a background in theater.
I like actors - I used to be one.
I think I've had pretty good experiences for the most part with the people who have directed my screenplays.
Everything I've written is personal - it's the only way I know how to write.
I do throw out a lot of ideas, and I forget completely about them.
I graduated from college in 1980.
I have a lot of health anxiety.
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