Author: Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson is a film and music critic whose writing has appeared in Screen International, L.A. Weekly, Blender, Revolver, Vulture, Wired, and The Village Voice. He is the Rock Music guide at and the author of the forthcoming book “Blinking Lights and Other Revelations: The Story of Eels.” Tim has spoken at the Palm Springs International Film Society and the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. He is currently vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Mike Goodridge is the editor of Screen International and has been writing about film for over twenty years. He is an accomplished critic and has written for many outlets including The Times, The Independent, The Evening Standard, El Mundo in Spain, and Sight & Sound. He is is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the London Film Critics Circle, and FIPRESCI.

Posts by Tim Grierson:

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FilmCraft Screenwriting: Interview with Stephen Gaghan


Stephen Gaghan’s writing career started quite promisingly, publishing a short story in The Iowa Review before he was even 26. He also impressed the writing staff of The Simpsons with a spec episode entitled “Family Wheel of Jeopardy,” as well as producer and talent agent Bernie Brillstein with a collection of Saturday Night Live sketches…

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FilmCraft Screenwriting: Interview with John August


John August wrote his first story, about a boy who gets trapped in a hole on Mars, at the age of seven on his mother’s typewriter. From there, he’s developed into one of Hollywood’s most in-demand screenwriters, notably working on several projects with director Tim Burton. Their partnership began with Big Fish (2003), which earned…

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FilmCraft Screenwriting: Interview with David Webb Peoples


Starting his career as an editor, David Webb Peoples began writing screenplays in the 1970s, producing a series of scripts that eventually brought him to the attention of director Tony Scott. Through Scott’s encouragement, Peoples became involved with Blade Runner (1982), the seminal science-fiction film directed by Scott’s brother Ridley. However, one of Peoples’ greatest…

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Woody Allen: A Screenwriting Legend


The following is an excerpt for FilmCraft: Screenwriting by Tim Grierson © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group. All Rights Reserved. Few film artists have been as prolific, talented, and utterly dismissive of their body of work as Woody Allen. “When I’m home lying on my bed and I’m writing something, I have these incredible ideas,”…

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Interview with David Hare: Screenwriter of The Reader and The Hours


“When I talk to the young I say, ‘Things are always worth trying.’ I don’t think there’s anything more exciting in life than discovering a gift you didn’t know you had. And it might have gone undiscovered.” About David Hare Heralded as a playwright, screenwriter, and director, Sir David Hare has enjoyed a professional career…

Writing an Action Scene


The following is a short excerpt from FilmCraft: Screenwriting by Tim Grierson© 2013 Taylor and Francis Group. All Rights Reserved. One of Drive’s signature set pieces is its opening action sequence, an almost real-time heist that introduces the audience to the Driver’s (Ryan Gosling) skill as a getaway man. “It was the one sequence that probably…

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