Christopher McQuarrie and getting into the business.

Christopher McQuarrie is the writer and director responsible for films such as Mission Impossible: Fallout (and the upcoming two instalments), as well as Valkyrie and The Usual Suspects (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay).

He is well worth a follow on Twitter (@chrismcquarrie) as he often communicates with fans and his knowledge of the movies and his own experiences always make for good reading.

Today, he started a thread with:

I‘m receiving a lot of questions from writers asking where to submit scripts or how to sell them. Others ask how to sign an agent, attach directors or producers, etc. You won’t like the answer, but here it is: You’re asking the wrong questions.

What follows is a 20-something Twitter thread in which he gives some thoughts on the subject. And they are great. So much so that I decided to make his comments into a poster for my Drama and Media students. He even had the courtesy to reply to my request. A gentleman indeed.

The Tweets are in the gallery below, and the thread is also attached.

Great words of advice – and not just for those interested in the movie business. You could, I suggest, apply the advice to any endeavour.

If you like what you read in Christopher McQuarrie’s thread, you should also treat yourself by listening to his EPIC breakdown of the process of filming Mission Impossible on the EMPIRE podcasts.

Christopher McQuarrie – selected credits:

As writer: The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, The Tourist, Edge of Tomorrow, Top Gun Maverick .

As director: The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Mission Impossible Fallout.

Image accessed: Empire Online, 23/10/2019

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