Nominated screenwriters convene in Hollywood

Posted by · 9:48 am · February 16th, 2010

Terri TatchellCreative Screenwriting senior editor, Jeff Goldsmith, always bites off a lot when he lines up a massive panel of the year’s screenplay nominees to discuss the evolution of their work each year, which leads to any number of publicists grumbling in the shadows about the time overage.  Last night’s panel was supposed to run until 8:30 but Goldsmith was still hammering away at 8:45.  But he always asks well-considered, engaging questions and writers being writers, they have plenty to say.

The panelists included Nick Hornby, Alessandro Camon, Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Geoffrey Fletcher, Terri Tatchell, Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner.  Quentin Tarantino, Mark Boal and Oren Moverman were scheduled to attend but bailed out at the last minute, while the Coen brothers — no shock here — were never going to be there.  So Goldsmith almost nailed down nine of the 10 nominated films.

It was a great discussion with plenty of insights.  Goldsmith asked about defying genre, which he judged to be the connective quality of all the work represented by the panel, what the re-writing process was like for all involved, how they made it through the agony of staring at a blank page, etc.

Perhaps the most shocking revelation, for me anyway (as I haven’t been up to speed on press for the film), was that the first draft of “In the Loop” was 200 pages and the first cut four hours long.  Holy crap.

Anyway, the podcast will be available for free iTunes download Friday via Creative Screenwriting’s podcast feed, but hopefully Goldsmith and company won’t mind me stealing that thunder ever so slightly by offering my recording of the conversation below.  Grab it Friday, though, because I’m sure it’ll be a more quality recording.


(from left_ Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Geoffrey Fletcher, Alessandro Camon, Tony Roche, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Terri Tatchell and Nick Hornby at the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood

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  • 1 2-16-2010 at 3:55 pm

    Fitz said...

    I wonder how a 4-hour version of In the Loop would have turned out.

  • 2 2-17-2010 at 7:10 am

    Michael O. said...

    Did they not like The Hurt Locker? Or was that just a jab at the fact that it got nine nomination?

  • 3 2-20-2010 at 1:17 am

    Leslie said...

    Michael— it’s just a jab. They all cracked up at the comment.
    Jeff did a fantastic job, as usual.
    Fabulous panel.
    (My head is in that picture, how embarrassing!)