Inside of a Screenwriter’s Thoughts: ‘Vomit Drafts’ and ‘Land of Misplaced Scenes’

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Long before you sit down in a theater, and before a director yells “that’s a wrap” on a film’s set, a screenwriter painstakingly arranges thousands of words into a screenplay — the lifeblood of what you’ll eventually see on the screen.

Dustin Lance Black, the wordsmith behind mainstream biographical films Milk and J. Edgar, just opened up about his screenwriting process in a fascinating video (above) produced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

See also: J.J. Abrams Wants You To Be in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Black details his research tactics and writing techniques in memorable turns of phrase — for example, “land of lost scenes,” discarded notecards that contain what he calls “my precious little children I’ve had to kill.” Read more…

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