Screenwriter Profile: Scott Frank

scottfrankThe Writer:

Scott Frank is one of those writers whose name you should definitely know. He’s up there with the greats like Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, and the Epsteins. A few years back, Scott gave a great lecture for BAFTA that is well worth the listen. In it, you’ll get Scott’s rules of screenwriting.

Scott is the scribe behind such classics as Out of Sight, Minority Report, and Get Shorty.


Assassin’s Creed¬†(pre-production) – 2015

A Walk Among the Tombstones (screenplay) (completed) Р2014

Hoke (TV Movie) Р2014

The Wolverine (screenplay) Р2013

Marley & Me (screenplay) Р2008

The Lookout (written by) Р2007

The Interpreter (screenplay) Р2005

Flight of the Phoenix (screenplay) Р2004

Minority Report (screenplay) Р2002

Out of Sight (screenplay) Р1998

Heaven’s Prisoners¬†(screenplay) – 1996

Get Shorty (screenplay) Р1995

Malice (screenplay) Р1993

Fallen Angels (TV Series) (teleplay Р1 episode) Р1993

The Walter Ego (Short) Р1991

Little Man Tate (written by) Р1991

Dead Again (written by) Р1991

The Wonder Years (TV Series) (written by Р1 episode) Р1988

Plain Clothes (screenplay Рas A. Scott Frank) Р1987


[On using theme to pull a story together] “In the case of¬†Get Shorty,¬†there was this terrific theme of identity: everybody in Los Angeles wants to reinvent themselves. This loan shark from Miami was no exception. Focus on that, and it helps you organize the book‚Ķ.With¬†Out of Sight,¬†the thematic idea was ‚Äėroad not taken‚Äô: This man who had early on chosen to be a bank robber meets the one person he really falls in love with‚ÄĒand he‚Äôs not realizing he can‚Äôt have a life with her because of the road he took. And that becomes sort of a sad story for me.‚ÄĚ

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