Screenwriter Profile: Charlie Kaufman


The Writer:

Charlie Kaufman is one of my screenwriting heroes. People either hate his movies or love them, and I fall into the latter category. His stories and style exhibit a rare genius not often seen in big screen cinema. He’s one of the few writers who gets to break all the rules — something you’re only allowed to do if you’re a genius. Some of his most well known films include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, and Adaptation. He was nominated for an Oscar for all three and won for Eternal Sunshine.

Read this great interview with Charlie or watch this wonderful Master Class for more about his writing.


Anomalisa (pre-production)

Frank or Francis (screenplay) (pre-production)

Synecdoche, New York (written by) – 2008
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (screenplay / story) – 2004

Adaptation. (screenplay) – 2002

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (screenplay) – 2002

Human Nature (written by) – 2001

Being John Malkovich (written by) -1999

Ned and Stacey (TV series) – 1996-97

The Dana Carvey Show (TV series) – 1996

The Trouble with Larry (TV series) – 1993

The Edge (TV series) – 1992-93

Get a Life (TV series) – 1991-92


I don’t know what the hell a third act is.

As a writer, or as a filmmaker, you have to present yourself, and part of what yourself is is what you’re interested in, or what you think is funny, or what you think is sad, or what you think is horrible.

Everything I’ve written is personal – it’s the only way I know how to write.

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