Jordan interviews Michael Brandt and Derek Haas
On May 9, 2009, the attendees at Raleigh Studios Hollywood received a crash course in commercial screenwriting from two of the best writers working in the business today. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas offered very specific advice regarding how to write commercial screenplays to a group of appreciative writers, actors and producers during the Scriptwriters Network's May Speaker Series meeting. James Jordan will share many of these insights in upcoming articles.
Michael Brandt and Derek Haas are the engaging force behind the fast-paced colorful screenplay “2 Fast 2 Furious,” which grossed over $236 million in worldwide box office. Brandt and Haas also wrote the remake of “3:10 to Yuma” starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Brandt and Haas have the Story and Screenplay credit for “Wanted,” starring Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, and James McAvoy.
Brandt and Haas have proven one can successfully crossover from feature films to television. This creative powerhouse is now executive producing and writing for the critically-acclaimed hit television series "Chicago Fire" since 2012.
Jordan Interviews Oscar-Winner Tom Schulman
Big thanks to Tom Schulman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Dead Poets Society.” Mr. Schulman provided a world of detailed information during the Scriptwriters Network’s February 14th meeting at Raleigh Studios.
Tom Schulman has either written, produced, or directed films that starred Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Robert Redford, Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy, Sean Connery, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Hackman, Ray Romano, and Joe Pesci. During this insightful interview, Mr. Schulman’s answers provided many of the reasons why he has become a major Hollywood talent over the years.
Mr. Schulman shared his unique writing process with the attendees. He walked the writers through the initial development of one of his High Concept ideas. He then explained how he tests an idea to determine if it is funny or will work in a particular context. There was then a discussion about why so many writers fail to achieve success in their writing careers. Mr. Schulman offers some solid practical advice. He even suggested a brilliant writing exercise for the audience to try at home. Following the interview, Mr. Schulman spoke one-on-one with many of the attendees.
But don’t worry if you missed this extraordinary event in person. Just click the video link above and follow to James Jordan's YouTube Channel. There you can see highlights of the interview with Tom Schulman, divided into four parts.
Jordan interviews Writer-Director Nicholas Meyer
Jordan interviewed writer-director Nicholas Meyer at Screenwriting Expo. His credits include “Eddy Deco,” “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,” “Time After Time,” “Sommersby,” and “The Human Stain.”
Jordan - Event Producer at Screenwriting Expo 2003
James Jordan produced, co-produced and/or moderated a total of 14 events during the 2003 Screenwriting Expo. James conceived and coordinated the “Road to the Oscar®” Panel with writers David S. Ward (winner for "The Sting"), Jeff Arch (nominee for "Sleepless in Seattle"), Tom Rickman (nominee for “Coal Miner’s Daughter”), and Nicholas Meyer (nominee for “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution”). Author Linda Seger moderated the incredible panel.