The Business of Screenwriting: An Interview with Terry Rossio


Screenwriter Terry Rossio has co-written (with writing partner Ted Elliot) some of the most successful American films in the past fifteen years. With works such as Aladdin, Shrek, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise on his resume, Rossio has successfully learned how to navigate not only the writing of an entertaining screenplay but also the business of screenwriting.

In this interview with John Robert Marlow for Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood Rossio frankly discusses his experiences as a writer/producer. He addresses the realities of what  happens monetarily when you sell a screenplay, what makes a good agent or manager, and how important it is to be able to pitch your work. He also gives a very detailed description of his writing process.


Read the entire interview here.


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One Response to “The Business of Screenwriting: An Interview with Terry Rossio”

  1. JP Russell Says:

    February 10th, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    That was possibly the best piece of advice for writers I’ve read in your post. A very worthwhile read and I thank you for sharing. Its a hard pill to swallow but ultimately very good medicine. Thanks blue!

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