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Willy Wonka, The Omen, & How To Be Creative: My interview with a Hollywood Screenwriter

Along with my colleague, Fiona MacNeil, I recently conversed with Screenwriter David Seltzer (Cinema Verite, The Omen, Willy Wonka) about creativity, writing, and his journey to Hollywood.

In this interview, David discusses how he BS’d his way into his first film job, how writing is like having sex, how talking to yourself can help can help defeat writer’s block, and why staying vulnerable is the key to good writing.

You can listen to the podcast in three ways:

1) Listen right here on the blog by clicking the play button below

2) Listen via our channel on Podomatic by clicking here.

3) Listen via the YouTube clip embedded below.

I hope you enjoy the latest episode of Conversations with FiFi & TK.

Cheers,

T.K.

David Seltzer’s Info:

David Seltzer’s Acceptance Speech, on February 19, 2012, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angelesfor for The Writer’s Guild Best Original Screenplay Award:

http://youtu.be/ZUqI49gsOzM?t=3m12s

David Seltzer’s Filmography on The Internet Movie Database:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0783544/

Fiona “FiFi” MacNeil’s Info:

Website: http://www.abettermecoaching.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MyBetterMe

T.K. Coleman’s Info:

Blog: http://www.tkcoleman.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TKOptimism
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GossipGoneGood
Website: http://www.abettermecoaching.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TK_Coleman

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Fascinating. It was interesting to me that he talked about liking to work in a small space. I’ve always preferred writing in what I’d call an “intimate” space. I feel lost and overwhelmed in a large area. Great stuff.

    1. Thanks Christina 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to listen to the podcast. I almost laughed out loud when he said that part because I was sitting in my closet at that point in our conversation. There was so much noise around me that it was the only place I could get some quiet. lol

  2. Enjoyed very much. Like his writing ideas including
    writing an open letter to himself.

    Saw 23 of his movies. In real time. Saw the original
    The Omen (1976) at the show.

    Watched the TV screening of The Hellstrom Chronicle
    (1971) and wrote a paper on it (for myself) because it was
    so well done, and I disagreed with its basic premise.
    (I still have it.)

    A walk down memory lane.

    1. Enjoyed very much. Like his writing ideas including
      writing an open letter to himself.

      Thanks for taking the time to listen, Alana. I really liked his “open letter to self” approach as well. It’s one of the cooler writing strategies I’ve ever heard.

      Saw 23 of his movies. In real time. Saw the original
      The Omen (1976) at the show. Watched the TV screening of The Hellstrom Chronicle
      (1971) and wrote a paper on it (for myself) because it was
      so well done, and I disagreed with its basic premise.
      (I still have it.) A walk down memory lane.

      All I can say is “wow!” That’s totally cool. A walk down memory lane indeed!!!

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