Susannah Grant, writer of ERIN BROCKOVICH, talking about her career yesterday.
Seven things I learnt:
1. The popularity of your unique voice is not what matters, it's staying true to it.
2. Grant has written herself over and over in different lives she wants to live.
3. Your job is to protect the story and script, with collaboration in mind. It's a dance.
4. Grant's scripts are 118-120 pages long. The trash pile (containing unused material) is another 200 pages. It is a process of excavation for her.
5. Every scene of POCAHONTAS was re-written 35 times. The nature of that particular project.
6. Grant writes with a standing desk, with a treadmill underneath!
7. Tip for first time screenwriters wishing to get known, enter screenwriting contests; finishing in the upper ranks helps. Regarding getting an agent: Polite persistence.