Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s Creative Process

All too often, people think that you don’t have to be a good writer to write for the movies, and that could not be further from the truth. But don’t take my word for it: the proof is in this incredible video about the creative process of screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who wrote MILK and J. EDGAR. He talks about the importance of research, how specificity of character leads to universal, “relatable” characters, and how an author or filmmaker’s stamp on a story makes it original even if it’s “all been done.” He shares my own sensibility that writing can be used to “change the culture” and make progress as a society, so I will definitely be checking out his work soon (it’s long overdue).

In Dustin Lance Black’s Words:

“Why are you telling that story? What is the purpose of that story? For me, it’s always, How do I move the needle? How do I change the culture?”

“I love and hate what I do. It’s like an addiction. I want to solve the problems. I want to make it work. If someone believes that the world is good as is, that this is it, we’ve reached the pinnacle of human existence, then you know what? Don’t write.”

Enjoy this amazing video #withcaptions and think it over.

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