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November 14, 2008


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Margaret Oomen

I left my comment to the last in this series of interviews with Oren. I love this part:
We work in a very privileged field, our ideas become words on the page and some make the leap into images, and, wow, there’s a film there my kids could see, even though they’re too young for the rating. I try to keep that perspective, I try not to agonize. Film is my work and my passion, but life is short and there’s lots of living to do outside work, lots to be passionate about and with.
I have been thinking very similar thoughts in the last few days preparing myself for a future post on my blog about something that happened to me almost a year ago.
Thanks Oren and thank you Bill. Have fun at the movies tonight.


Thanks for this great series about the craft of writing. It's great to get inside a writer's head in this casual, friendly forum. Moverman's comments about how to respond to "notes" resonates a lot in my field of editing. In my edits I agonize over how to strike just the right tone with an author and communicate that I'm there to help the project along. I guess that's not always the case with the various people in any project, as the writer points out here, since we are all human and have egos. The best projects that I have worked on have been where I've been in complete accord with what the author and publisher are trying to convey, and the author and publisher in turn trust me to hold them to that vision. It definitely involves a lot of psychology!


What an excellent interview! I found it so interesting, and Oren Moverman so likable in his personal anecdotes and candid opinions. The stories of his early days and of meeting his mentors were especially touching. I, too, was a runner for Albert Maysles early in my career (this may not be so remarkable, as I suspect there have been thousands of us!)

I loved that stuff about formatting the page of the screenplay to find a visual rhythm. Is that really dangerous? It made me think that he is a conscientious and aesthetic person.

Moverman's notes on notes were so right on. What he said could apply to all criticism, whether it's about writing, art, relationships, parenting, anything. It's a lot to think about in terms of being on the giving AND receiving end of criticism.

You asked some great questions that really paid off. Do you have other plans for this interview? I hope that a lot of people get to read it!

And now what's next for me? I haven't seen any of his films yet and that's about to change!

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