Screenwriting : There are no rules, write what you want. by Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

There are no rules, write what you want.

This is an excerpt from Susannah Grant’s keynote speech at the 2000 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting awards. Oh yeah, and she wrote a little film called "Erin Brockovich". Susannah equates writing to different stages of high school.

Success Feels Better, But Doesn't Necessarily Make You Better
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Hollywood, I've found, is a very interesting town. The best description I've ever heard of it was said by Martin Mull, who said, "Hollywood is like high school with money." By that assessment Pocahont…
Boomer Murrhee

Great article, thanks for sharing, Phillip.

Eoin O'Sullivan

Great article. I love that line (okay, I love a lot more than just this one), 'Don’t listen to people who tell you you shouldn’t write something. Or if you do write something, it will never get made.' Yep, I know how that goes!

David Levy

Great piece! Always best to keep the momentum moving no matter what others think or say.

Kristopher Rickards

Although the speech is 15 years old, the last lines about films with female leads are only just being addressed and they are still under represented.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great article, Phillip! Thanks for sharing it. :) ...Yeah, I agree, Kristopher, the last lines were hard to read knowing this speech is 15 years old and not much has changed. ...Well, somewhat. Hopefully more in years to come. ;)

Shawn Speake

Great read.

Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

Glad folks that read this piece enjoyed it. Susannah really sunk her teeth into diverse projects.

Karl Lareine

Wow! What an article, thanks a lot for sharing it, Phillip!

Michael Eddy

That was a terrific read. I love ERIN BROCKOVICH - the woman and the movie - and Susannah taking us through the start of her career as if it's high school was a keystroke of genius. The highs the lows - the full monty. A cautionary tale with occasional bursts of sunlight. It's never easy. She's a success - so it says a whole lot about how the business works - and doesn't. Thanks for posting this.

Eric Gilmartin

Thanks for posting this, Philip. Good article, quite informative of the process of rewriting, working with the studio, some nice insights into the personalities involved, etc.

Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

Eric: you are most welcome. When I run across one, I post it.

Lior Landau

Very good article, Thanks

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