Synthian Sharp, one of the nicest folks I met during the strike, took it upon himself to tape my Q&A in Rancho Mirage. He now has it online at Vimeo, where you can also download a much beefier 934MB version.

This talk was very much geared towards a general audience. While there were some film students, most of the crowd was over fifty. We spoke more about the career than the craft of screenwriting.

I showed five clips. Weirdly, I didn’t pick one from The Nines, but I did show one scene from Scott Frank’s Minority Report that had my fingerprints on it.

At 112 minutes, it’s quite a time commitment. If you’re skipping around in the video, here’s the rough order of what I talk about:

  • How I got started
  • Go
  • DC
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Minority Report
  • Big Fish
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • God (the short film on The Nines DVD)
  • The Nines
  • Audience questions

Thanks to The Friends of the Rancho Mirage Public Library, Palm Springs International Film Society, and moderator Deborah Dearth. And of course Synthian for putting this up.