Watch: Writer John August Explains How He Writes a Screenplay

January 28, 2015

John August

We're still a few weeks out from the 87th Academy Awards, and the folks at The Academy will certainly be busy leading up to the ceremony. But Academy Originals has taken the time to post a new Creative Spark video, this time featuring screenwriter John August, writer of films such as Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Go. He's a hit or miss screenwriter, but online, he's been very open about Hollywood as a business, and what it takes to get a screenplay bought and produced. This time he's explaining where his ideas come from, how he writes scenes and brings them together for a film. Watch!

Here's the latest Creative Spark featuring John August from Academy Originals:

For more insight into screenwriting, working in Hollywood and more, check out JohnAugust.com.

If you want more insight into the screenwriting process, Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black also has his own Creative Spark video where he goes through his own writing process. If you're interested in more Academy Originals, we've posted previous features with Patton Oswalt selecting a movie from The Academy's archives to watch on his own in a movie theater, and there's also one on the industry-changing visual effects of Jurassic Park. Otherwise, Academy Originals has their own YouTube page with many more videos. The 87th Academy Awards will take place on February 22nd, airing on ABC starting at 7pm EST.

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This is so accurate. I just helped fund his Writer Emergency Pack and it's a great tool whenever stuck. Glad to see how he works. I tend to be more on the side of all over the place as well. Great vid! Now off to writing!

Franklin Carpio on Jan 28, 2015

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