My in-depth conversation with two-time Black List writer.
This week, I am digging into the Go Into The Story archives to spotlight interviews I've conducted with some of the most talented screenwriters in the business.
Today an April 2013 interview with David Guggenheim. He broke into the business in February 2010 by selling the spec script Safe House which was produced and has grossed $ 208M worldwide. Since that time, Guggenheim has sold two more spec scripts: "Black Box" to Universal and "Narco Sub" to 20th Century Fox, as well as the pitch "Puzzle Palace". He also is creator and executive producer of the CBS series "Designated Survivor".
Here are links to the six installments of the entire interview:
Part 1: "You know, I just love the craft of constructing a story, coming up with movie concepts. That's the fun for me. Just you and a blank page and you're just coming up with stories."
Part 2: "I love spy movies, and that's my favorite genre to work in. And what I like doing, is taking a piece of a movie, that's usually isn't the focal of the movie, and blowing that up, and saying let's do the movie from that point of view."
Part 3: "For me, the best action movies are always the character‑driven action movies and they're the one's you always remember."
Part 4: "Obviously, for the sake of the read, you want the action to jump off the page as much as possible, but what's more important than the actual choreography is to come up a fresh way figuring out how the characters got into the action scene in the first place and how they get out of it."
Part 5: "I think in a spec you need to make sure you're hooking your reader in that first 15 pages, and that it has a strong enough concept. Because your concept it what's going to set it apart."
Part 6: "I will take any idea and I will try it. I may not agree with it when it's given to me, but I always give the idea a chance, and I'll try it."
David is repped by Paradigm and Madhouse Entertainment.