NE W YORK C ONV E RSATIONS — RIC HA RD PRIC E
How much time does it take before you present the script to anyone else? Well, usually I’ll work it all the way through. I don’t type, so I’ll get it typed up and then I’ll look at it. And when it’s typed and you look at it, it’s a bit a shock, cause you’ve been working in handwriting and it’s visually different so you have to get over that shock. You gotta read it two or three times because the first time you read it, everything seems wrong so you’ve gotta calm down and then read it again. And you cut a little bit or you add something. Then I’ll send it off. Not too much, I’ll just play with it a little bit. But usually I’m having a running dialogue with the people at the other end of this process. I mean, people are gonna know the story, because I want to know that I’ve got an arrangement and so they’ll know the story and they re gonna throw their two cents in. Be it a producer or a director or somebody. So it’s not like they don’t know what they’re gonna get. But I want it to be as good as possible before they see it, without killing myself. We’ve been talking about rules and research and tools of inspiration. Do you use other tools, or what are the main tools you use? Either a story comes to me full-blown and I feel that I understand the people enough to just sit down and write, which unfortunately is rare, or I’ll just go out, I mean, the stories are out there, you know. Just going out there, I’m going see what I think I want, but I didn’t really know until I went out there and that’s really what I want.
Research is... if you don t really know what the world is like, the world you re writing about, it s hard to say what your story s gonna be. But sometimes it doesn’t take much, like this weird epiphany like the kid with the credit card. You can really go to town on that. and it’s nothing to do with kids or credit cards but the whole world that leads to a reaction like that. //
T RI E N N I A L S C RE E N WRI T E RS FE ST IVA L
physical acts, actions to help this non-conversation that the characters are having come about.
Published on Mar 15, 2014