William Robert Rich

William Robert Rich

William Robert Rich is a story analyst, screenwriter, and co-author of Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan. He's currently based in Austin, Texas.

Robert Towne on Chinatown

Robert Towne on Chinatown

I don’t have a favorite film. I have favorites and Chinatown is one of them. My two cents: it’s about as perfect as a screenplay can get. The structure, theme, and dialogue fires on all cylinders. Everyone — Towne, Polanski,…

Writing Faster

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell eloquently articulates the key to success is simply a matter of putting in the hours. 10,000 hours to be specific. That’s 250, 40-hour work weeks, nearly five years of practicing a specific task over and over…

John Hughes Interview

A rare interview with John Hughes from 1985. After beginning his career in advertising, Hughes would take a meager-paying writing job with National Lampoon for a nickel per word. At National Lampoon, he wrote Vacation ’58, a short story about…

Aaron Sorkin on Writing

Aaron Sorkin stands in the upper echelon of working screenwriters. Charlie Wilson’s War and The Social Network are phenomenal films.  The upcoming Moneyball, based on the novel by Michael Lewis, looks fantastic. Sorkin was still in his twenties when he…

Final Draft Templates

Final Draft Templates

Final Draft contains a wide variety of templates for graphic novels, scripts, TV shows and text documents (query letters, treatments, outlines, etc). Each template contains features of each script type, with element settings, page layouts, header and footer settings, mores…