Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page Send by Email As one of a handful of veteran screenwriters working today, Creative Screenwriting had an in-depth conversation with Paul Schrader to discuss his creative process and how he navigates the turbulent waters of the film industry.
He did not see a film until, when he was seventeen years old, he was able to sneak away from home. In an interview he stated that The Absent-Minded Professor was the first film he saw.
In his own words, he was "very unimpressed" by it, while Wild in the Countrywhich he saw some time later, had quite some effect on him.
He then earned an M. With Kael as his mentor, he became a film criticwriting for the Los Angeles Free Press and later for Cinema magazine. His book Transcendental Style in Film: The endings of his films American Gigolo and Light Sleeper bear obvious resemblance to that of Bresson's film Pickpocket.
His essay Notes on Film Noir from the same year has become a much-cited source in literature on film. The September—October issue of Film Comment magazine published his essay Canon Fodder, which attempted to establish criteria for judging film masterworks.
Film career[ edit ] InSchrader and his brother Leonard co-wrote The Yakuzaa film set in the Japanese crime world.
The film was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Robert Mitchum. Robert Townebest known for Chinatownalso received a credit for his rewrite. Although The Yakuza failed commercially, it brought Schrader to the attention of the new generation of Hollywood directors.
In he wrote the script for Obsession for Brian De Palma. Schrader wrote an early draft of Steven Spielberg 's Close Encounters of the Third Kindbut Spielberg disliked the script, calling it "terribly guilt-ridden," and opted for something lighter.
He disapproved of the final film. Thanks partly to critical acclaim for Taxi Driver, Schrader was able to direct his first feature, Blue Collarco-written with his brother Leonard. Blue Collar features Richard PryorHarvey Keiteland Yaphet Kotto as car factory workers attempting to escape their socio-economic rut through theft and blackmail.
He has described the film as difficult to make, because of the artistic and personal tensions between him and the cast. During principal photography he suffered an on-set mental collapse which led him to seriously reconsider his career.
John Milius acted as executive producer on the following year's Hardcoreagain written by Schrader, a film with many autobiographical parallels in his depiction of the Calvinist milieu of Grand Rapids, and in the character of George C.
Scottwhich was based on Schrader's father.
A Life in Four Chapters Inspired by Japanese writer Yukio Mishimathe film interweaves episodes from Mishima's life with dramatizations of segments from his books.As one of a handful of veteran screenwriters working today, Creative Screenwriting had an in-depth conversation with Paul Schrader to discuss his creative process and how he navigates the turbulent waters of the film industry..
While attending film school at UCLA, Paul Schrader saw the film, Pickpocket (), which essentially formed the path of his career. Acclaimed screenwriter Paul Schrader wrote the scripts for critically acclaimed films including Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
Schrader was raised in a strictly religious home as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Paul Schrader, 30, is probably best known in Hollywood for selling his first screenplay, Yakuza, for $,He is considered one of the new breed of screenwriters which includes David Ward, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, and John Milius.
Acclaimed screenwriter Paul Schrader wrote the scripts for critically acclaimed films including Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Schrader was raised in a strictly religious home as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Aspiring screenwriters often miss the fact they have a lot of options too when it comes to breaking into the screenwriting industry.
Script; Writer’s Digest; My teachers there were Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), James Tobak (Bugsy) and William Froug (The Twilight Zone, Gilligan’s Island). The next biggest plus is that agents can get a. As examples of solid characters, Frank cited those created for: Raging Bull, the book written by authors Jake LaMotta, Joseph Carter, Peter Savage and Nick Tosches, and adapted for the movie by screenwriters Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin, and also the characters in Nightcrawler, last year’s screenplay by Dan Gilroy.