Sep 20, When Aaron Guzikowski’s “Prisoners” script was first sent around Hollywood, the most common complaint from agents was the project’s lack of. Aaron Guzikowski is an American screenwriter. He is best known for writing the film Prisoners and creating the Guzikowski began writing the script for Prisoners in , and completed the final draft in Before the film. ‘Prisoners’, written by BlueCat Finalist Aaron Guzikowski, scored the It was called Panacea, and it was the first proper full length feature script I wrote.
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Since its premiere, the taut crime-thriller has been getting spectacular reviews and a healthy amount of Oscar buzz. Rarely does a grown-up film achieve such financial and critical success. Crazy times right now. But anyway, everyone here at BlueCat is proud and happy for your success, and we want to say congratulations on Prisoners.
Which was awesome, by the way. Very kind, very kind indeed.
Everyone we were in the theater with was just covering their faces, going nuts, flipping out — it was awesome. I love hearing that. So many talented people got together on that one and it guziokwski really really gratifying to see how it all kinda came together. Totally — now when did you prisners you wanted to be a screenwriter? Why screenwriting and not some other form of writing? I had done some writing throughout my life, short stories and stuff like that, but I was kinda all over the place, doing music and different kinds of art.
So probably about six years ago I just decided I would focus on one thing instead of being a Jack of all Trades and Master of None. And I just started writing scripts. It was all very roundabout, so there was no sort of direct path.
It was just sort of later on that I switched over to just writing. The first script I wrote was what placed in Asron in That was right before the horror script. The BlueCat script was about a statue that was found in the woods that could heal people of any illness.
It was called Panacea, and it was the first proper full length feature script I wrote. Prisonrs lessons did you learn from writing your first screenplay? In terms of the craft stuff you keep doing it and doing it and doing it and watch as many movies as you can and read as much as you can and get as many eyes on it as you can. Writing things that you would actually want to go see in a movie theater. And when you were starting out, when did you find the time to write while working your day job?
I would get up really early, around 5 in the morning and write two hours before work. For me, I just really like writing early in the morning anyway.
‘Prisoners’ writer Aaron Guzikowski on ‘long and winding road’
But you just have to do whatever you can whenever the opportunity presents itself, whether it be late at night or early in the morning or on weekends. Or get a job where you can write at work, like a security guard or something. But I just wrote during my free time. It can definitely be difficult, but it has to be done.
‘Prisoners’ writer Aaron Guzikowski on ‘long and winding road’ – latimes
I think I just loved it. I was trying to develop my skills as a writer. You need to not think of it as work, but as something enjoyable. I think BlueCat was the one I had the most positive experience with. I entered a few and placed in a few of them, but BlueCat was a good one because they actually believe in the material.
Gordy Hoffman called me, they gave me some feedback. Competitions are good in general to keep your spirits up and seeing how you can compete in terms of the large pool of people who want to do this for a living. I wrote Priaoners and it placed in BlueCat, which was encouraging. I worked on that, going back and forth with my manager, for about two years.
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When I finally finished it, I got an agent soon after that and flew out to LA. The script was received well and I was able to sell it and move out to LA and just start working. Doing studio assignments and other stuff like that. They shoot it and it changes, they edit it and it changes some more.
You just gotta have a kind of gut feeling that all of the elements are functioning the way they need to and it feels like a movie.
How does your old writing routine compare to your new one? Some people like to write in the morning, some at night. I work and try to write at least 8 hours a day if not more. But you have to be your own boss and be strict about it in some sense. That works for me. Treat it like actual jobs with a deadline. Who are some of the filmmakers and writers that have inspired you?
We in the BlueCat office actually just recently watched Mulholland Dr. Now if you had one bit of advice for aspiring screenwriters, what would it be? If you had to tell yourself something back when you were entering BlueCat, what would it be? I would just say write movies that you would wanna watch. Write for the screen, not words on paper.
You gotta look at it that way more than writing a story on paper with words and structure.
You gotta come at it from the point of view as a final product and what the point of it all is and you just gotta write what you really want to see. Your email address will not be published. Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. How Generous Screenwriting Works. Recent Comments BlueCat on How long does it really take vuzikowski write a screenplay? Melody Mundy on How long does it really take to write a screenplay?
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