Screenwriting advice from the man that brought us…. SHOWGIRLS.
(which is actually a guilty pleasure of mine… far better than Burlesque. But, I confess, I also always skip that scene towards the end)
Joe Eszterhas was once the highest paid screenwriter in the business. Before turning to film, he was a senior editor at Rolling Stone. The rules below, which he recently shared with MovieMaker.com (a great site that you should absolutely check out), are… unique. Some of his rules you should take to heart. Some you should probably never follow.
As the saying goes when you take notes on your writing, find the note behind the note. In this case, find the advice behind the advice:
1. Don’t see too many new movies. Most movies in theaters today are awful. They will depress you. You will think to yourself: How can they have made this abominable script instead of buying and making mine? Spare yourself the anguish. Read a good book instead.
2. Don’t mince words. If the idea a studio executive gives you is a shitty one, don’t say “Well, that’s…
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