Charlie Kaufman: Screenwriting Lecture
One of modern cinema’s most celebrated writers, Kaufman’s work includes surreal fantasy Being John Malkovich, cerebral sci-fi Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and comedy drama Adaptation. In this lecture held at BAFTA on 30 September 2011, he discusses the techniques of writing for the big screen.
It’s a shame they don’t have the full video of this any more, I feel like you’re missing a vital component without seeing him so adorably nervous throughout the whole thing — but it’s required listening nonetheless. As hilariously anxiety-ridden, existentially conflicted and obsessively self-reflexive as you’d expect. 70 minutes.