Getting Started in the Film Industry (03:35)
Rick Davis welcomes script writer, actor, director, and musician Lyn Vaus. Vaus responded to an ad for scripts by Al Pacino's production company; his script was optioned but not produced. He has acted in films, but prefers the anonymity of writing.
Music Career (04:03)
Vaus appreciates the immediacy of music, compared to the slow pace of filmmaking. He discusses making a music video referencing the 1960s with the "Next Stop, Wonderland" director. He compares music and film in terms of harmonizing elements and pacing.
Script Writing Rituals (02:10)
Vaus writes every day, whether or not he feels inspired. He stops himself before writing something he knows he will have to re-write.
"Temptation" Clip (03:29)
View a scene from Vaus' low budget film, in which Elisabeth Moss' character reunites with her mother, played by Annette O'Toole.
Attacking Windmills (02:43)
Vaus was inspired by "Don Quixote" to write the "Temptation" screenplay, in which a feminist wants to reform the pornographic industry. He used camera techniques echoing the Dogme 95 film movement and shot the film in 18 days.
QA: Project Completion (01:23)
Vaus discusses financial and time pressure involved in script writing. He would like to take time off, but cannot turn down offers.
QA: Common Screenwriting Mistakes (00:43)
Vaus says finishing scripts does not equate finishing projects; re-writing and editing are important parts of the process.
QA: Choosing Projects (01:06)
After "Next Stop, Wonderland" sold at Sundance for $7 million, Vaus turned down offers to write romantic comedies. He believes he will fail if he works on films that do not interest him.
"Siegfried and Roy" (02:41)
Vaus discusses working on a biographical documentary about the magician duo. He became interested in their family backgrounds, but was not allowed to state directly that their parents were Nazis.
"Siegfried and Roy" Clip (02:08)
View a scene from Vaus' biographical documentary of the magician duo in which Siegfried shows his depressed father his first magic trick.
Response to "Siegfried and Roy" and Future Projects (02:50)
Vaus talks about the mafia-like producers of the biographical documentary. The subjects were moved by the film. His next project is a follow-up musical to "Next Stop, Wonderland."
Credits: Scriptwriter For Film: Lyn Vaus—How to Make It In Film (00:54)
Credits: Scriptwriter For Film: Lyn Vaus—How to Make It In Film
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