Transcendence Screenwriter Jack Paglen

In an interview with the WGA, screenwriter Jack Paglen talks about his career as well has his first produced screenplay, Transcendence.

“I still consider myself a student, for sure, and an up-and-coming screenwriter, so I don’t want to sound presumptuous. But one of the most important things you can do as a writer, and this is an acting technique too, is: Play the “Magic If.” If I were this character in these circumstances, what would I do? That’s a helpful resource. It allows me to stop thinking about my story as a cartographer, from a bird’s-eye view, and starting feeling my story from the POV of my characters.”

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