7 Screenwriting Quotes from the Masters

  1. “Audiences are harder to please if you’re just giving them effects, but they’re easy to please if it’s a good story.” – Steven Spielberg
  2. “To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.” – Alfred Hitchcock
  3. “Film’s thought of as a director’s medium because the director creates the end product that appears on the screen. It’s that stupid auteur theory again, that the director is the author of the film. But what does the director shoot—the telephone book? Writers became much more important when sound came in, but they’ve had to put up a valiant fight to get the credit they deserve.” – Billy Wilder
  4. “Everything starts with writing. And then to support your vision, your ideas, your philosophy, your jokes, whatever, you’ve gotta perform them and/or direct them, or sometimes just produce them.” – Mel Brooks
  5. “Scripts are what matter. If you get the foundations right and then you get the right ingredients on top, you stand a shot… but if you get those foundations wrong, then you absolutely don’t stand a shot. It’s very rare–almost never–that a good film gets made from a bad screenplay.” – Tim Bevan
  6. “[Making movies is] 80% script and 20% getting great actors. There’s nothing else to it.” – William Wyler
  7. “I don’t think screenwriting is therapeutic. It’s actually really, really hard for me. It’s not an enjoyable process.” – Charlie Kaufman 

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