At the November Writer’s Room an audience filled The Basement to hear Carl Gottlieb (Jaws, The Jerk) talk to Nick Ward (Stickmen, Second-Hand Wedding) about the film that made box-office history. 30 years ago Gottlieb co-wrote what was to become the world’s first blockbuster, Jaws, a film that scared those with the steeliest nerves and has since been labeled the first “high concept film”.
Gottlieb entertained the audience with a multitude of crazy holywood stories including details of the time he spent holed up with Stephen Spielberg in a country house writing Jaws.
Gottlieb voiced dismay at the way in which screenwriting gurus have “popped up everywhere” and are telling writers that a specific structural formular is the only way to go. He believes that mainstream producers have bought into this practice thus breading generic, formulaic cinema.
He argued that Jaws doesn’t follow such a structural model at all and left writers with the advice, “Don’t write to a formular – it never works”.
Gottlieb is a key figure in the American Writers Guild.
March 21, 2019
Eight new scripted stories by, for and about Pasifika and Asian peoples have been selected for development under a new initiative from NZ On Air. The teams selected will participate in a development programme run by Script to Screen, including follow up mentoring to guide them as they prepare to submit production funding applications.... Read more
Producer Jeff Wexler (Studio Ghibli, Studio Ponoc) joins us from Tokyo to share insights into successfully bringing culturally specific stories to global audiences. The session includes a screening of Studio Ponoc’s newest film, MODEST HEROES: PONOC SHORT FILMS THEATRE, VOLUME 1. ... Read more
We are sad to say that this talk has been cancelled due to illness. We apologise for any inconvenience, our thoughts are with Alanis and we hope for her speedy recovery.... Read more
March 7, 2019
Script to Screen and Show Me Shorts Film Festival are proud to announce the names of eight screenwriters who have been selected from 72 applicants, to participate in the 2019 Aotearoa Short Film Lab. ... Read more