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It’s Never Too Late To Learn Screenwriting – Marty Lang [FULL INTERVIEW]

Film Courage: How does a basketball player become a filmmaker?. Marty Lang, Screenwriter/Director and Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Memphis: Very slowly. I actually didn’t get into filmmaking until I finished my undergrad. My last semester of college when I went to UConn, I had taken a creative writing class and the professor had been a screenwriter. I had thought about doing it, I’d always thought it might be fun. I had worked at Blockbuster Video when I was in college and I had a good time there and never really thought of it as a possibility to make a living but thought it might be fun to take (dip a toe into) so I wrote a screenplay my last semester of undergrad at UConn. It was a basketball story actually. It was a story about a college athlete who tries to throw the NCAA tournament…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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Most Difficult Part Of The Screenwriting Process – Marty Lang

Marty Lang, Screenwriter/Director and Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Memphis: A writer should begin a movie with an event that captures your attention. It could be something audacious. It could be a car exploding. It could be an interaction between two people that is a major interaction for their relationship. It needs to start with something that upends the world of the character that you’re following. Everything sort of goes smoothly from there if you start with that…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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Two Reasons To Write The Ending Before You Write The Screenplay – Marty Lang

Film Courage: How do you decide a story’s ending?. Marty Lang, Screenwriter/Director and Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Memphis: I think deciding your ending is one of the first things you should do when you’re thinking of a movie idea because audiences can forgive slow beginnings, the can forgive muddy middles, but if your film doesn’t have a good ending you walk out of the theater with a bad taste in your mouth. That’s something that you need to think of right from the get-go and also because…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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Lessons From A 40-Year-Old Production Assistant – Marty Lang

Film Courage: You talked about ROOM 104 earlier (I think you wrote a spec script)? Now you are actually working with The Duplass Brothers. Can you talk about that?. Marty Lang, Screenwriter/Director and Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Memphis: When I was starting to make films, The Duplass Brothers were idols of mine. I thought THE PUFFY CHAIR was one of the greatest micro-budget films ever made. I still think it’s one of the best. I had really wanted to work with them and see a little bit more about how they make stuff. This story goes back quite a ways actually. About 10 years ago The Duplass Brothers made a film in Maine. It was called BLACK ROCK. Mark Duplass’s wife Katie Aselton was the director. Kate Bosworth was in it, Lake Bell and it was a thriller…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).