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FilmCraft: Screenwriting by Tim Grierson

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LEGACY

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Paddy Chayefsky

“… though [Chayefsky] will always be remembered for his social consciousness, he insisted that writers don’t start a project because they have some message they want to share with the world.”

Paddy Chayefsky’s screenwriting career is an inspiration to many because of the quality of his work, which earned him three Academy Awards. But beyond the sharpness of his words, Chayefsky also stands as a writer who focused on his craft, a man uninterested in being romantic about the creative process. Billy Ray, the writer of Shattered Glass and a co-writer of Breach, said, “The best advice I ever heard about writing was in an interview ...

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