filmmakers are not court stenographers, and movies are not transcripts
Here is the one rule that I follow and have followed for the last 20 years of writing: Be honest.
putting an original story out into the world is terrifying and thrilling. You can’t anticipate how people will respond
Writing is the connective tissue that creates understanding.
When you hide another story in a story, that’s the story I am telling the children.
All writing is basically the same: beginning, middle, end. The difference with sketches, and why sketches are actually harder, is that you generally have to establish an entire new world every few minutes with its own rules, get to the joke premise, explore that premise, and then end the thing all within tight time constraints.
it’s very important that what you do is specific to the medium in which you’re doing it, and that you utilise what is specific about that medium to do the work.
I had an intuition that if I was going to only write, I will stay in one room all the time and never go out. I felt that if I was going to make movies, I would have to communicate with people and it would be good for me.
It’s nice to know where a semicolon is supposed to go, but it’s nothing to swell your chest over. The artistry is in being able to write sentences that require one.
You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair — the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.