Posts Tagged ‘Nicholas Kazan’

“There’s a little bit of pink and blue coding that goes on in the film business in terms of material that you’re offered for sure. Every now and then I will feel in a meeting a little bit as though I’m out of place because there are so many men in the room. Certianly nothing that they’re trying to do, it’s not a harassment situation. But I’ll just have a sense that they’re looking at me like I’m a girl and that doesn’t come up for my husband (screenwriter Nick Kazan). We sort of have a lab thing going on at our house — he has one experience, I have another. There’s a certain amount of overlap, and the ways that they are different—some of them have to be put down to gender. I don’t let it bother me. I just go on doing my silly stuff…Statistically we know there aren’t as many women working in film as there should be. Having said that, I’ve had a wonderful career and I have many opportunities ahead of me and I have nothing to complain about.”
Screenwriter Robin Swicord
The Dialogue Interview: Learning from the Masters interview with Jay Fernandez  (Part 3)

P.S.   Having Nick Kazan as a husband means that Robin’s father-in-law was Elia Kazan, the Oscar-winning director of On the Waterfront.  Robin and Nick’s have two daughters in the entertainment business—  Zoe Kazan graduated from Yale with a theater degree, and Maya Kazan graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in film studies. This rounds out a nice run of posts taken from Robin’s interview on The Dialogue. Next week I’ll pull some quotes from Nick’s own interview on The Dialogue.

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Screenwriting Quote #143 (Elia Kazan)
Kazan on Directing (Part 1)
‘Unstoppable’ Wesleyan University
The Most Important Two Hours  “My life as a writer began in the theater…”—Nicholas Kazan
‘What it means to be a screenwriter’

Scott W. Smith

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“The truth is your friend.”
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nicholas Kazan (Reversal of Fortune)

“Truth is not found in the sunshine, truth is found in the shadows.”
Novelist Paul Lieberman (Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles)
Interview with Jessy Williams

“When I write I don’t aim to shock people, and I’m surprised when I do. But I don’t think that anything that occurs in life should be omitted from art, though the artist should present it in a fashion that is artistic and not ugly. I set out to tell the truth. And sometimes the truth is shocking.”
Screenwriter and Tony & Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams
(A Streetcar Named Desire)
The Paris Review interview with Dotson Radar

BTW—I’m thinking that “I set out to tell the truth. And sometimes the truth is shocking.—Tennessee Williams” would make for a fine sign above one’s writing desk/space. That’s my favorite quote to come across all year. And if you’re keeping score that’s the fourth straight day Tennessee (the state or the playwright) has been mentioned. Think I’ll see if I can keep that trend going all week.

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Scott W. Smith

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Nicholas Kazan has had 15 films made from his scripts including the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune which earned him an Oscar nomination.

“My life as a writer began in the theater. The first time I wrote a real play, I was in college, eating breakfast, and heard a single line of dialogue echoing over and over in my mind. Intrigued, I moved to the typewriter (yes, it was that long ago) and took dictation (there’s no other word for it) for two straight hours during while the characters, their plight, and every aspect of the drama was thrown at me at blazing speed without a moment of hesitation, doubt, or contemplative thought. The play (a one-act) was produced in college, produced professionally, and hardly a line changed from that first astounding burst.

This was, I hardly need add, definitely not an experience which prepared me for Hollywood (no rewrites?), but it remains the most important  two hours of my life.”
Nicholas Kazan
The First Time I Got Paid for It
page 110

(An interesting sidenote is Kazan also happens to be the son of Elia Kazan, the great director of On the Waterfront. Nicholas also happens to be married to screenwriter Robin Swicord who wrote The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (credited along with Eric Roth) and their daughter is actress Zoe Kazan, who has a degree in theater from Yale and had a role in I Hate Valentine’s Day. Talented family.)

Scott W. Smith

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