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Interview With Aaron Sorkin Nov 02

Joshua Stecker, West Coast Editor of Script Magazine, interviews screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson’s War, The American President, The West Wing).

Here are some of the topics Sorkin talks about in this 20 minute interview:

  • Aaron Sorkin InterviewThe connection between his great teachers and his success
  • How he learned to write screenplays
  • The important lesson William Goldman taught him
  • What activity he does for inspiration
  • What medium he prefers to write in
  • His screenwriting “weakness”
  • The basic rules of drama
  • Advice for aspiring screenwriters

My favorite quote from the interview (especially in light of the recent controversy over whether screenwriting can be taught):

“I can trace so much of what I do every day, when I’m writing, to what I was taught back then by my teachers at Syracuse.”

SCRIPT Magazine Close Up with Aaron Sorkin from Alejandro Seri on Vimeo.

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5 Responses
  1. PlucharC says:

    Thanks for sharing the interview! It’s great to see someone at his level willing to do things like this.

  2. Trevor Mayes says:

    Glad you liked the interview Chris. Yeah, it sure was nice of him to take the time to provide his much-valued insight.

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  4. Great find Trevor. I am so going to steal & use that Sorkin quote on his teachers.

  5. Trevor Mayes says:

    Please do Scott, it’s a great one. Thanks for stopping by the site!

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