21 March, 2009

Tony Gilroy, "Duplicity", interviews

New Yorker:

" Today, the film industry considers adult-oriented drama a small target, and one that is getting smaller. Middle-aged Americans don’t go to the movies; young adults and teen-agers do, and they prefer action to talk, in part because they believe they know every possible movie character already. A screenwriter interested in human behavior can find himself ignored by big-studio executives looking for movies propelled by spectacle and superheroes. “The trend is making movies that don’t need screenwriters,” a top Hollywood screenwriter explained to me by e-mail. Gilroy is a canny player, though. He says that he’s “not into building blueprints of buildings that will never get built.” His movies follow two fundamental rules: “Bring it in within two hours” and “Don’t bore the audience.” Sitting in his office at the Brill Building one day, while his brother edited “Duplicity” in the next room, Gilroy picked up a copy of his script and riffled it. “It’s all white space,” he said to me. “It’s all about not writing.” "

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Daily Telegraph

" "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.

"On the flip side, there is no day of directing that is as exciting as writing. The day you break something wide up, and you know that you have it and nobody knows that you have it and it's yours and it's in your head. You go home, or you go to a party and nobody knows that great feeling that you had. I've never had that feeling as a director." "

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1 comment:

Scott said...

These are great catches, Robin. I'll post links to them on Thursday.

"It's all about the white space." Very true. Highlights how important it is what a screenwriter chooses not to include on the page.