guerrilla tactics: interview with author & screenwriter max adams by nancy bilyeau
December 9, 2012
Guerrilla Tactics: Interview With Author & Screenwriter Max Adams
(December 10, 2012)
~ by Nancy Bilyeau
In the middle of attempting to write my first screenplay, I bought a paperback called The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide: Or, Guerrilla Meeting Tactics and Other Acts of War, by Max Adams. It was a fast, smart read, very funny, with an insider’s wisdom about how to get off the ground as a screenwriter.
Max, I learned, had won the two hottest screenwriting contests—the Nicholl Fellowship and Austin Film Festival—in the same year, sold a spec script for real money that made it onto the big screen, and scored a whole bunch of studio assignments. She also taught writing, and so when I saw her name in the faculty list for Gotham Writer’s Workshop online, I jumped.
Max has taught me an incredible amount on writing visually, creating characters and plotting. Before I took a swerve into fiction, I got pretty far with the Nicholl myself, reaching semi-finalist twice, and getting some producers to read my scripts. Who knows? Someday one of those stories could be at a movie screen near you.
Now Max is back with an updated version of her book The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide. This is not one of those cases where the author wrote a few new paragraphs for the Introduction. Max overhauled her book, making it even more useful and on target. Chapters range from “What You Really Get Paid” to “Writer Speak Versus Mogul Speak.”
I chased her down–no easy feat–and persuaded her to submit to an interview on her new book. I’ve met Max in person as well as participated in her invite-only online workshops, and, well, Max has a conversational style like no other, one I wanted the blogosphere to experience. As you can see from this photo, she’s not shy. What you can’t see is she swears by killer shoes — :::continue reading:::