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.

Credits:

Anomalisa (pre-production)

Frank or Francis (screenplay) (pre-production)

Synecdoche, New York (written by) Р2008
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (screenplay / story) Р2004

Adaptation. (screenplay) Р2002

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (screenplay) Р2002

Human Nature (written by) Р2001

Being John Malkovich (written by) -1999

Ned and Stacey (TV series) Р1996-97

The Dana Carvey Show (TV series) Р1996

The Trouble with Larry (TV series) Р1993

The Edge (TV series) Р1992-93

Get a Life (TV series) Р1991-92

Quotes:

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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