"3. “Are you sure you don’t have room for dessert?”
Take as many good screenwriters to lunch as you can and make sure you pick up the check. (They are notoriously cheap.) Whether you are an actor, producer, director, studio exec or even an agent, you soon discover the screenplay is the most significant ingredient in the moviemaking process. It’s the currency of Hollywood. It’s not that directors do not make the ultimate contribution that often defines a movie, but without the screenplay you are a lost puppy in the wilderness. Inevitably it dictates the direction of the work, the cast and the financing. “C’mon try the crème brûlée. It’s on moi.” “Can I buy you a new pen?”"
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