Maybe the idea of “watching a screenwriter” sounds a little like watching a kettle boil: Sit at desk. Clutch pen in hand. Think.
We’ll admit, they’re not the most dynamic visuals. But hearing these budding stars talk about the process—all of it, from brainstorming to braving feedback, live reads to networking—will convince you of the drama inherent to, well, inventing drama. For the second year running, we’ve teamed up with the Austin Film Festival, the circuit’s premiere screenwriting destination, to spotlight 25 promising writers (or writing duos). Train your eyes on these guys in the coming year.
Who: Writing partners currently adapting the live-action version of Captain Planet for the big screen.
What was a major turning point in your careers?
We learned to live by this phrase: ‘Help do the next guy’s job.’ A script needs to climb a chain of command, so supply whatever tools the next person needs in order pitch it to their boss. We make the posters, the storyboards, the trailer—anything to make the sale a no-brainer.
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned?
1. There are more NFL athletes than paid screenwriters.
2. Only write what you’d pay $18 to see on opening night.
Who are some of your favorite screenwriters?
We believe that life begins and ends with Richard Linklater. He is the way, the truth, the light. And he is totes adorbs.