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“My goal on first drafts is to write about three pages a day.”
Ted Tally

Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally was born and raised in North Carolina, went to the Yale School of Drama, and was an award-winning playwright (Terra Nova) before working in film and television. Various sources say that Tally these days lives in Pennsylvania and that most of Silence of the Lambs was shot in Pittsburgh.

Here’s some screenwriting advise from the man who helped bring to life the character that AFI listed as the #1 all time Villain (Dr. Hannibal Lecter).

“There are indeed some ‘rules’ that cannot be broken. Chief among them: Don’t Bore The Audience. And also: Make The Stakes High For the Characters (i.e., don’t waste the audience’s time and patience with trivialities). Every story, in some sense, is a matter of life and death. And also: Make the Main Character(s) End Up Somewhere Different Than Where They Started The Story (in terms of knowledge, emotion, experience – whatever). These and other ‘rules’ become ingrained with writers (not just screenwriters), so I’m not sure you even consciously think about them after a while. But certainly they’d better be in the back of your mind during the notes-and-outline stage, long before you’re writing the screenplay.”
Ted Tally
Oscar-winning Screenwriter, Silence of the Lambs
An Interview with Ted Tally by Anup Suguan

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