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I love the idea of spies in love. How would it work between two people who were so programmed to lie and be suspicious, who have a whole life based on pretence?
Different people work different ways.
Everyone I know who used to be in the intelligence community is moving into the corporate world.
You change or you hide your head in the sand.
The main thing for me is I really like strong endings. If there's a strong ending, you can take more time in the beginning, your first act can be really quite different.
Corporations are like countries now, there's a king, there are serfs, there's a court, basically everything but moats. They're feudal societies, and there are good ones and bad ones.
Ambiguity depletes as your budget rises.
I like emotions, but I really don't like sentimentality, and I don't like when things break their spell.
A reversal is just anything that's a surprise. It's a way of keeping the audience interested.
I like knowing where I am in action sequences if I'm supposed to.
I spend a lot of time in a sort of free state when I'm writing in the beginning and sketching.
The people in the Philippines are so extraordinarily nice.
The writing is really hard. You're alone. It really pulls it out of you. You pull it out of your head. But when you're a director, you're shopping - you're picking this actor, you're picking this scene. It's like the most intense kinetic high-speed shopping of all time. You sit in a chair and it will all come rushing at you like a wind tunnel.
I have written a bunch of scripts that have not gotten produced, much more so early in my career than later.
I never really like it when other writers talk about coming in behind people and rewriting.
I prefer writing originals.
I worked for a lot of directors.
I'm trained to button scenes and round things off, and I get rewarded for doing that.
I've never taken a job on anything I didn't want to do.
Developing films with directors, developing films with actors, is a poor percentage play for a screenwriter.
Fear changes everything. We're animals, and when we get afraid we act like animals. I'm not exempt from that.
I can't imagine directing from someone else's script.
I don't like to be crazy on different levels all of the time.
I don't remember writing anything until I wrote my college application.
I think what I've recognized over the years is that I'm very, very bingey, extremely bingey when it comes to writing.
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