Misha Green Interview

17Jul09

Misha wrote and sold the script “Sunflower” last year. The thriller (which is number 7 on my Top 25 list) about two women being held captive at a remote house by a serial killer was adored by just about everyone who read it and made the 2008 Black List. It’s one of those rare screenplay reading experiences where you get so into it, you forget you’re reading a screenplay. William Friedkin (The Exorcist) is attached to direct. Green has parlayed her script sale into a a staff writing position on NBC’s “Heroes” which I can assure you she won’t be telling us anything about. 🙂

Misha and I will occasionally engage in late night IM procrastination parties. She’s humble and tends to keep a low profile so I had to wait until just the right moment (after I sent her a couple of rare scripts) to inquire about an interview. Heh heh heh. Believe me, this was not easy folks. Misha was entrenched in a Buffy marathon and I had to work all sorts of angles to get her to turn it off. So please thank her for giving us her time and talking about her screenwriting career.

me: So when did you write your first screenplay?

Misha: Senior of high school for my sr. thesis project. It was called, “Maxwell Brenner, Teen Spy” haha

me: Was it any good?

Misha: Horrible, but aren’t all first scripts?

me: So then am I allowed to ask how long ago that was?

Misha: 2002. Not that long ago.

me: How many screenplays did you have to write before you felt like you were “getting it”?

Misha: Around the fourth one, I started to feel my own voice starting to come through, and that the dialogue wasn’t atrocious and cliched.

me: What was the fourth script about? Was that Sunflower?

Misha: No. It was a teenage Thelma and Louise-esque script, called “Dry” that was in the finals for the Sundance Labs. Sunflower was two scripts after that. I guess part of feeling like I was “getting it” had to do with people responding enthusiastically and positively to my writing.

me: How did you get into the Sundance labs?

Misha: I actually didn’t. I was rejected, but the script helped me get my manager.

me: Okay so this is what every aspiring writer out there – this is the part they pay attention to the most. What were the series of events that got you your manager?

[time passes]

me: Is Buffy killing someone right now?

Misha: haha, i’m surfing the internet and answering your questions. buffy will come next

me: I hope she lives.

Misha: I paid 140,000 dollars to attend NYU film school, and luckily had a teacher who believed in me enough to refer me to her manager. I was working at a restaurant in NYC, partying, and having a generally great post college life, and I ran into her at my restaurant, and she was very appalled by the idea that I had a script in the finals for Sundance, and wasn’t capitalizing on that buzz by trying to get a manager. So she sent my script to hers, and the rest is history. Referrals are very key in getting your foot in the door.

me: So important to capitalize on any buzz. You wait just a couple weeks sometimes and bam nobody cares…

Misha: That’s true. But I also think good writing will find a way to get read.

me: So this manager was out in LA or there in New York? Are you still in New York?

Misha: Manager is in LA, and I’m now in LA. My managers emphasized how important it was for budding screenwriters who want to start a career to live in LA. And they were right. To really get a career going, it helps 100 percent to be here to take meetings and such. And if you want to write for TV, you definitely have to live in town.

me: So now a little off-topic here and then we’ll get back to screenwriting stuff. You told me at the beginning of our chat that you were watching Buffy. So I’m assuming you’re a big Whedon fan?

Misha: Huge.

me: So then what did you think of Cabin In The Woods?

Misha: I haven’t read it yet. But it’s near the top of the script reading list.

me: Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? You just lost some Whedon points there.

Misha: Haha. I know.

me: Whedon seems to have a serious female following. Why do you think that is?

Misha: Because Buffy is a great female character. And he’s funny. Girls like funny. And wit. Joss has a lot of wit. And he works with a lot of writers that match him in wit.

me: Hold on. Writing this down. “girls… like… funny.” You know, had someone told me this a long time ago life would’ve been a lot easier.

Misha: Uh oh. Maybe I’m giving away too many secrets here. Us girls like to remain mysterious.

me: lol. Okay, so moving forward. Did you feel like you had something with Sunflower before you showed it to anyone? Were you like, “This is the one.”

Misha: I thought, “Wow, this is cool, I like this…” but I’ve also thought that about the other five scripts I’ve written. Haha. But the response to Sunflower has been amazing, and I could have never imagined it at the time.

me: Sunflower was your first sale, right? How did that happen? Was it relatively quick? Arduously long? Easy? Difficult?

Misha: Sunflower was my first sell. It felt long to me, but I’ve been told it was relatively quick. My agents sent it out to a select few producers, who all passed for various reasons, but they wanted to meet because they liked the writing. While I was taking those meetings, Sunflower was being slipped around by execs at different companies, until finally one company decided to take a chance, and bought it. That was three weeks after it first went out.

me: Okay, just to back up for a second. How did you get your agent? Did your agent come from your manager?

Misha: I wrote Sunflower after I got my managers, and we sent it to the big five (big three now) and I had the fortunate opportunity to be able to pick an agent.

me: So you got the agent before or after it sold?

Misha: Before.

me: Oh cool. That’s not easy to do. I hear about unrepresented writers on the verge of a big deal not being able to get callbacks from agents.

Misha: Really? I would think if agents know there’s a deal in the bank, they’ll sign you in a second. They’re all about the less work they have to do, the better.

Me: I know. You’d think. Though I hear it happens every now and then. So what was that like when you got that call and it had sold? Did you head straight to Bar Marmount and start rubbing elbows with the stars? How has it been having to fend off paparazzi?

Misha: Haha. When I got the call that it had sold, I was on the bus to work. I was working as a hostess at a restaurant on Sunset at the time, and I didn’t hop off at Bar Marmount, I got off at the stop in front of my restaurant, and worked my shift. Which I continued to work for the next two months while contracts went back and forth between lawyers. The sad truth is, that for most screenwriters, your first sale doesn’t put you on easy street.

me: Yes, once everybody takes their cut, you’re left with just enough your electricity bill for that month. What restaurant did you work at?

Misha: Talesai. Very good Thai food. I was working at night, and going on meetings during the day. And occasionally serving producers and execs I had gone on meetings with. That was a little embarrassing.

me: Haha. “Oh hey, fancy meeting you here. Would this be a bad time to ask you what you thought of my pitch?” Was everybody else who worked there an actor or a screenwriter?

Misha: No actually. It was very strange. Everyone else that worked there were Thai, and they had been working there for like 20 some years. I definitely stood out.

me: How did you land the job at Heroes?

Misha: I was working on “Sons of Anarchy” (a show on FX) and looking forward to the hiatus between seasons, and I got a call that they were looking for a staff writer for Heroes and liked Sunflower and wanted to meet. So I went in and met with the producers, and they asked me to join their staff as well. So now I’m back to back year round on two shows, and it’s a lot of work, but amazing.

me: Oh cool. I know they’re pretty tight-lipped over there but are you allowed to talk about what the show’s going to be like?

Misha: They are very tight-lipped. It’s all kind of insane. There’s a lot of exciting stuff happening this season, but I can’t talk about any of it. We’re outlining my episode right now, and I’m very excited about it. But that’s really all I can say. Haha.

me: You know it took me two seasons to make the connection between one of the character’s names being “Hiro” and the show being called “Heroes”?

Misha: Haha. I caught that around the middle of the first season.

me: And at first, I thought it was a complete coincidence. I actually wanted to write the show and tell them about this amazing coincidence they were missing.

Misha: You should have. That might have even responded. Or it’s something you should have asked at the comic con panel. I’m going for the first time this year. I’m a little afraid.

me: Are you going to dress in like battle gear or some strange outfit?

Misha: No, I’m going to hide in the corner, and hope no one realizes I work for the show, and start asking me questions. There’s a whole Heroes wiki page, where they have pictures and bios about the entire crew! The entire crew! I don’t have one yet, and as I mentioned earlier, I like to remain mysterious.

me: Is that why you worked at a Thai restaurant?

Misha: Haha. No. I worked at a Thai restaurant because they were the first people to hire me. I didn’t have many options then.

me: You told me you’re finally going to write another spec. Have you started it yet? And are you nervous about following up the wildly popular Sunflower?

Misha: I haven’t started it yet, but soon hopefully. I’m writing a lot of notes in my notebook for it. Deep down I think all writers have nerves about what they’re writing, because ultimately you want people to connect with your work, and like it, maybe even love it, but ultimately nerves are useless. You just have to believe in what you’re writing, and write it. The response is out of your control.

me: I feel that way every night at 12 a.m. — I love asking this question because it makes writers’ heads explode. If you could give the aspiring writers out there any piece of advice, what would it be? — And you can’t say, “Follow your dreams.” lol

Misha: haha — I would say read a lot of scripts! I can’t emphasize that enough. Which is why I think your site is great, cause it gives aspiring screenwriters access to Hollywood scripts. The first thing I did when I got my managers was send them a list of scripts to send me. And learn to love rewriting, because that’s a lot of what having a career in screenwriting is. And do more. Experience more. Because ultimately your personal experiences is what’s going to make your writing better. And invest in a nice desk and a comfy office chair, cause you’ll be spending a lot of time in it.

me: Sage advice wise one. Now if I could somehow find a way to make sitting on a couch for long periods of time dramatically compelling.

Misha: haha. Well, having a good imagination helps in that case.

me: What’s your favorite script you’ve read lately (or from the site)?

Misha: I liked Prisoners

me: What about your favorite movie this summer?

Misha: Star Trek. Did that come out this summer?

me: Hey! Me too.

Misha: haha, the sad truth is, once you start working in the industry, you rarely have time to go to a movie. Which is really unfortunate for me: It’s like a rare treat. But you do get sent screeners of them which is nice.

me: you’re so spoiled

Misha: I really am. There are a lot of perks. My DVD collection has doubled since I sold Sunflower. haha

me: What do like to do when you’re not writing? In those slivers of time you have to yourself? Besides our late night IM sessions of course.

Misha: I live for these late night sessions.

me: lol

Misha: My slivers of time are getting very tiny these days. I’m working on a lot of pitches with producers, and the show, and producing a short I wrote. So when I’m not working, I’m pretty much sleeping, or partying when I can.

me: Ah yes. Do you Heroes writers know how to get down?

Misha: I don’t know about the rest of them, but I do. haha.

It was at that point that Misha said something about too much time away from Buffy so our session had to end. It’s not easy losing out to Sarah Michelle Gellar, let me tell you. And I hope Misha doesn’t read my review of Joss Whedon’s “Cabin In The Woods.” Yikes, talk about wanting back slivers of time.

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90 Responses to “Misha Green Interview”

  1. 1 M

    Thanks Misha!

  2. 2 M

    Thanks Misha!

  3. 3 Anonymous

    why did u erased my message?

  4. 4 Anonymous

    why did u erased my message?

  5. 5 Julian

    God, Imagine having Friedken directing your script. Wow! Thanks for the interview, will have to check out the script now.

  6. 6 Julian

    God, Imagine having Friedken directing your script. Wow! Thanks for the interview, will have to check out the script now.

  7. 7 Carson Reeves

    Anon, it was probably the Blogger Ghosts. They've been known to erase messages before.

  8. 8 Carson Reeves

    Anon, it was probably the Blogger Ghosts. They've been known to erase messages before.

  9. 9 Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing your time Misha. You've made me want to read your script.

  10. 10 Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing your time Misha. You've made me want to read your script.

  11. 11 Ryan Mullaney

    I'm sorry, but I really did not enjoy Sunflower much at all.

  12. 12 Ryan Mullaney

    I'm sorry, but I really did not enjoy Sunflower much at all.

  13. 13 PJ

    Not a fan of the ending, that's for sure.

  14. 14 PJ

    Not a fan of the ending, that's for sure.

  15. 15 Anonymous

    haha. haha. haha. haha.

  16. 16 Anonymous

    haha. haha. haha. haha.

  17. 17 Anonymous

    Sunflower blew.

  18. 18 Anonymous

    Sunflower blew.

  19. 19 Tarson Meads

    Great interview. Sunflower made it to my Top 10 as well. Just a great script. A real head-fucker. I loved it.

  20. 20 Tarson Meads

    Great interview. Sunflower made it to my Top 10 as well. Just a great script. A real head-fucker. I loved it.

  21. 21 Kingston Alomar

    Yeah Misha! Fellow NYU alum!

    Love her writing. Sounds like a real down to earth girl too. Much better than some of these other writers who think they are God's gift to cinema.

    You have my full support Misha. I wish you nothing but the best.

    Sunflower was an incredible script.

  22. 22 Kingston Alomar

    Yeah Misha! Fellow NYU alum!

    Love her writing. Sounds like a real down to earth girl too. Much better than some of these other writers who think they are God's gift to cinema.

    You have my full support Misha. I wish you nothing but the best.

    Sunflower was an incredible script.

  23. 23 Laci

    It's so nice to hear from the writer! I really enjoyed Sunflower, it was fast-paced and I loved the ending. If an ending throws me through a loop or if I predict the ending wrong, it's a win in my book!

    I loved the advice, which I have turned my summer into reading scripts and writing books so I am on the right path. Thanks for the interview!

  24. 24 Laci

    It's so nice to hear from the writer! I really enjoyed Sunflower, it was fast-paced and I loved the ending. If an ending throws me through a loop or if I predict the ending wrong, it's a win in my book!

    I loved the advice, which I have turned my summer into reading scripts and writing books so I am on the right path. Thanks for the interview!

  25. 25 DeafEars

    Wow, that was quite a read. SUNFLOWER takes you by the back of the neck and throws you into a sound-proofed cell from which there is no escape until you read the last page. I wasn't in love with the ending, but I didn't think it was terrible either. I think it'll grow on me. I didn't see it coming, that's for sure.

    What I learned: THE SENTENCE FRAGMENT IS YOUR FRIEND. It's funny that SUNSHINE is so effective because it consistently breaks this basic rule of grammar!

  26. 26 DeafEars

    Wow, that was quite a read. SUNFLOWER takes you by the back of the neck and throws you into a sound-proofed cell from which there is no escape until you read the last page. I wasn't in love with the ending, but I didn't think it was terrible either. I think it'll grow on me. I didn't see it coming, that's for sure.

    What I learned: THE SENTENCE FRAGMENT IS YOUR FRIEND. It's funny that SUNSHINE is so effective because it consistently breaks this basic rule of grammar!

  27. 27 SAM

    Love the dork who wrote "Sunflower blows." Made me laugh.

    Thank's Misha for giving Carson this interview and giving the rest of us a small insight into what a successful writer's life looks like. You should start a blog yourself.

    SAM

  28. 28 SAM

    Love the dork who wrote "Sunflower blows." Made me laugh.

    Thank's Misha for giving Carson this interview and giving the rest of us a small insight into what a successful writer's life looks like. You should start a blog yourself.

    SAM

  29. 29 Anonymous

    wow carson is a horrible interviewer. hes so full of himself and he said lol? how old is he 7?

  30. 30 Anonymous

    wow carson is a horrible interviewer. hes so full of himself and he said lol? how old is he 7?

  31. 31 Tara

    Oh dear. I started this post and Googled Misha, found her site and ended up reading that first. The girl comes across as insufferable there. Terrible cliched Anne Taintor-wannabe vignettes (over half a decade since that swill became passé), misspellings (the Keri Russell character "Felecity"? Seriously?), obnoxious braggadocio (she captions a photo of her Sons of Anarchy script: "…Kind of gold." Why even bother with the "kind of" at that point?), etc. Reading that kind of onanistic literary exercise exactly duplicates the experience of reading the 99 Secrets blogspot.

    Ms. Green certainly has a lot to be proud of, and has accomplished impressive things at a staggeringly young age. Good for her for successfully establishing a beachhead in the industry in between slinging kee mao. I don't want to say I'm jealous for the sake of being jealous, but when someone's held up Simba-style (via Black List, plum writing gigs, etc.), it's only natural that people will take a look behind the curtain and ask themselves "What does she have that I don't?"

    Many congratulations to Ms. Green on her career thus far.

  32. 32 Tara

    Oh dear. I started this post and Googled Misha, found her site and ended up reading that first. The girl comes across as insufferable there. Terrible cliched Anne Taintor-wannabe vignettes (over half a decade since that swill became passé), misspellings (the Keri Russell character "Felecity"? Seriously?), obnoxious braggadocio (she captions a photo of her Sons of Anarchy script: "…Kind of gold." Why even bother with the "kind of" at that point?), etc. Reading that kind of onanistic literary exercise exactly duplicates the experience of reading the 99 Secrets blogspot.

    Ms. Green certainly has a lot to be proud of, and has accomplished impressive things at a staggeringly young age. Good for her for successfully establishing a beachhead in the industry in between slinging kee mao. I don't want to say I'm jealous for the sake of being jealous, but when someone's held up Simba-style (via Black List, plum writing gigs, etc.), it's only natural that people will take a look behind the curtain and ask themselves "What does she have that I don't?"

    Many congratulations to Ms. Green on her career thus far.

  33. 33 Anonymous

    I don't want to say I'm jealous for the sake of being jealous, but when someone's held up Simba-style (via Black List, plum writing gigs, etc.), it's only natural that people will take a look behind the curtain and ask themselves "What does she have that I don't?"

    post a script. let us decide.

  34. 34 Anonymous

    I don't want to say I'm jealous for the sake of being jealous, but when someone's held up Simba-style (via Black List, plum writing gigs, etc.), it's only natural that people will take a look behind the curtain and ask themselves "What does she have that I don't?"

    post a script. let us decide.

  35. 35 Anonymous

    Did you really just insult someone for not spelling Felicity correctly on their blog?

    Seriously? One spelling error, on a blog, no less, is enough to brand someone insufferable now?

    You don't want to say your jealous for the sake of being jealous? Well, then I'll say it: you're jealous for the sake of being jealous.

  36. 36 Anonymous

    Did you really just insult someone for not spelling Felicity correctly on their blog?

    Seriously? One spelling error, on a blog, no less, is enough to brand someone insufferable now?

    You don't want to say your jealous for the sake of being jealous? Well, then I'll say it: you're jealous for the sake of being jealous.

  37. 37 Anonymous

    Uh-oh, I used your when I should have written you're in my comment! I hope I never get a script on the black list now, or I will be insufferable too.

  38. 38 Anonymous

    Uh-oh, I used your when I should have written you're in my comment! I hope I never get a script on the black list now, or I will be insufferable too.

  39. 39 Nicholas

    Carson, I guess a byproduct of having a now popular blog is getting a lot of shit comments.

    Personally, I think you should block all those anonymous. It drastically cuts down on the bullshit. What you're doing hear is a service to screenwriters everywhere, and if people (I'm talking about you, Anonymous) can't be respectful and play nice, they shouldn't have the privilege of commenting. It's just rude, and unnecessary, you know? But I digress…

    Personally, I loved your interview. Thanks for posting it.

    -12916

  40. 40 Nicholas

    Carson, I guess a byproduct of having a now popular blog is getting a lot of shit comments.

    Personally, I think you should block all those anonymous. It drastically cuts down on the bullshit. What you're doing hear is a service to screenwriters everywhere, and if people (I'm talking about you, Anonymous) can't be respectful and play nice, they shouldn't have the privilege of commenting. It's just rude, and unnecessary, you know? But I digress…

    Personally, I loved your interview. Thanks for posting it.

    -12916

  41. 41 Nicholas

    Hey look, I made a typo. *here, not hear

  42. 42 Nicholas

    Hey look, I made a typo. *here, not hear

  43. 43 Anonymous

    Might have a hard time getting future interviews with other writers if this is what they can expect afterwards.

  44. 44 Anonymous

    Might have a hard time getting future interviews with other writers if this is what they can expect afterwards.

  45. 45 Anonymous

    Cool interview!!!!

    – Nick Oleksiw

  46. 46 Anonymous

    Cool interview!!!!

    – Nick Oleksiw

  47. 47 Anonymous

    Just read Sunflower…and holy shit! It's the best script I've read from this blog yet. I dare say it's perfect. Seriously. At first I hated the ending, but then the final scene changed my mind and I loved it. What a kick ass script!

    And yes, if people are going to troll on here (you just can't escape these miserable fuckers) then I think getting rid of the anonymous handle.

    -Chris

  48. 48 Anonymous

    Just read Sunflower…and holy shit! It's the best script I've read from this blog yet. I dare say it's perfect. Seriously. At first I hated the ending, but then the final scene changed my mind and I loved it. What a kick ass script!

    And yes, if people are going to troll on here (you just can't escape these miserable fuckers) then I think getting rid of the anonymous handle.

    -Chris

  49. 49 Anonymous One

    I agree with the poster who said, don't be rude. But those who want to block anonymous comments sould check out what happened to Craig Mazin's blog when he did the same.

    What was a thriving community of mixed opinions, most rational, some demented, some beautifully written and reasoned, others trash talking and worthless, became a boring blog with Mazin hero worship the only real comments.

    I never check it anymore and many of my fellow writers have long abandoned it.

    That's a long way of saying, keep up the good work, Carson, and great interview. But the more you grow, the more you court haters and trash. It's part of the trade-off.

    My suggestion is that you only censor what is glaringly inappropriate. Otherwise, enjoy the growing number of hits and know that anyone's audience is made of all sorts.

    Oh, and don't worry, other writers will still agree to be interviewed. Other than pitching and getting notes, it's practically the only time they we get to crawl out of our caves.

    Anonymous One

  50. 50 Anonymous One

    I agree with the poster who said, don't be rude. But those who want to block anonymous comments sould check out what happened to Craig Mazin's blog when he did the same.

    What was a thriving community of mixed opinions, most rational, some demented, some beautifully written and reasoned, others trash talking and worthless, became a boring blog with Mazin hero worship the only real comments.

    I never check it anymore and many of my fellow writers have long abandoned it.

    That's a long way of saying, keep up the good work, Carson, and great interview. But the more you grow, the more you court haters and trash. It's part of the trade-off.

    My suggestion is that you only censor what is glaringly inappropriate. Otherwise, enjoy the growing number of hits and know that anyone's audience is made of all sorts.

    Oh, and don't worry, other writers will still agree to be interviewed. Other than pitching and getting notes, it's practically the only time they we get to crawl out of our caves.

    Anonymous One

  51. 51 Anonymous

    Carson, you sound like you have a bone to pick with Whedon.

    Have you ever read Afterlife, his big spec sale from the 90s? It's a pretty awesome sci-fi chase movie that's rather straightforward for him. I think you would really like it.

  52. 52 Anonymous

    Carson, you sound like you have a bone to pick with Whedon.

    Have you ever read Afterlife, his big spec sale from the 90s? It's a pretty awesome sci-fi chase movie that's rather straightforward for him. I think you would really like it.

  53. 53 Carson Reeves

    Although I'm not a huge fan of Whedon's work, I'm trying to learn to respect the man. I have Afterlife but haven't read it. Maybe I should. 🙂

    As for people commenting here, I like when people express different opinions. I'd just hope that they'd be fair and respectful, as that's what I try to be.

  54. 54 Carson Reeves

    Although I'm not a huge fan of Whedon's work, I'm trying to learn to respect the man. I have Afterlife but haven't read it. Maybe I should. 🙂

    As for people commenting here, I like when people express different opinions. I'd just hope that they'd be fair and respectful, as that's what I try to be.

  55. 55 Phil

    I remember Whedon also wrote SUSPENSION, which was basically Die Hard on a big bridge(!), it was a pretty cool 90s action script.

    Hey Carson, AICN has an article today about how the supremely badass script ARENA that you posted now has a director and is moving forward. Vikings vs Nazis er, "FTW" as the kids say.

  56. 56 Phil

    I remember Whedon also wrote SUSPENSION, which was basically Die Hard on a big bridge(!), it was a pretty cool 90s action script.

    Hey Carson, AICN has an article today about how the supremely badass script ARENA that you posted now has a director and is moving forward. Vikings vs Nazis er, "FTW" as the kids say.

  57. 57 Carson Reeves

    Oh wow. I'm shocked. I thought that would never make it to theaters. Definitely cool though.

  58. 58 Carson Reeves

    Oh wow. I'm shocked. I thought that would never make it to theaters. Definitely cool though.

  59. 59 Anonymous

    Don't block the anon's – I can't post any comments under anything else, for some reason mine all get eaten when posted under something else.

    And I wonder, what's the percentage of screenwriters who DON'T live in L.A. who actually make it? I can't stand that town (sorry to those who love it, but hey, everybody's different), so what do the outsiders do? Grab a poncho for the long wait in the rain?

    -Newton

  60. 60 Anonymous

    Don't block the anon's – I can't post any comments under anything else, for some reason mine all get eaten when posted under something else.

    And I wonder, what's the percentage of screenwriters who DON'T live in L.A. who actually make it? I can't stand that town (sorry to those who love it, but hey, everybody's different), so what do the outsiders do? Grab a poncho for the long wait in the rain?

    -Newton

  61. 61 Anonymous

    "I don't want to say I'm jealous for the sake of being jealous, but when someone's held up Simba-style (via Black List, plum writing gigs, etc.), it's only natural that people will take a look behind the curtain and ask themselves "What does she have that I don't?"

    Oh please. Don't pretend you've looked inward and asked yourself, sincerely, "what does she have that I don't?" That would require a capacity for introspection and self-assessment you clearly lack. Petty jealousy and gossip, however…

    Like someone else said: post your script or STFU. Though I'm already utterly disinterested in anything you write — your quick dismissal of a woman based upon a cursory glance at a few cryptic blog entries suggests you lack the honest curiosity, empathy and concern for detail required to be a decent writer (let alone human being).

    You googled her hoping to find anything with which to discredit her. That's just ugly.

  62. 62 Anonymous

    "I don't want to say I'm jealous for the sake of being jealous, but when someone's held up Simba-style (via Black List, plum writing gigs, etc.), it's only natural that people will take a look behind the curtain and ask themselves "What does she have that I don't?"

    Oh please. Don't pretend you've looked inward and asked yourself, sincerely, "what does she have that I don't?" That would require a capacity for introspection and self-assessment you clearly lack. Petty jealousy and gossip, however…

    Like someone else said: post your script or STFU. Though I'm already utterly disinterested in anything you write — your quick dismissal of a woman based upon a cursory glance at a few cryptic blog entries suggests you lack the honest curiosity, empathy and concern for detail required to be a decent writer (let alone human being).

    You googled her hoping to find anything with which to discredit her. That's just ugly.

  63. 63 Carson Reeves

    I think it's becoming more and more possible to succeed outside of L.A. because of digital PDFs and contests and what have you. But you definitely *increase* your odds of success by coming here. The more people you can meet face to face and leave an impression on, the more doors will be open to you when that new spec is ready. It's no different from any other business where, when big deals are on the line, nobody makes a deal without meeting each other.

  64. 64 Carson Reeves

    I think it's becoming more and more possible to succeed outside of L.A. because of digital PDFs and contests and what have you. But you definitely *increase* your odds of success by coming here. The more people you can meet face to face and leave an impression on, the more doors will be open to you when that new spec is ready. It's no different from any other business where, when big deals are on the line, nobody makes a deal without meeting each other.

  65. 65 Kristy @ MSP

    Ah! Carson told me he was going to try to get this interview and I've been waiting! Sunflower is probably my favorite script. I'm a sucker for thrillers.

    I'm a Buffy fan too. Back in junior high I would get up an hour early before getting ready to catch an extra episode lol.

    Great interview. Now I'm going to send you a message Carson telling you how jealous I am.

  66. 66 Kristy @ MSP

    Ah! Carson told me he was going to try to get this interview and I've been waiting! Sunflower is probably my favorite script. I'm a sucker for thrillers.

    I'm a Buffy fan too. Back in junior high I would get up an hour early before getting ready to catch an extra episode lol.

    Great interview. Now I'm going to send you a message Carson telling you how jealous I am.

  67. 67 Anonymous

    Hmm, increase your odds – so it goes from 1 in 100 million to 1 in 99.99 million? 🙂 That's just something I've always wondered (I'm probably one of the few around here who isn't an aspiring screenwriter, but an aspiring *cough*failed*cough* novelist; I thought it was hard to get published, but it seems to me to be a lot harder to sell a script).

    -Newton

  68. 68 Anonymous

    Hmm, increase your odds – so it goes from 1 in 100 million to 1 in 99.99 million? 🙂 That's just something I've always wondered (I'm probably one of the few around here who isn't an aspiring screenwriter, but an aspiring *cough*failed*cough* novelist; I thought it was hard to get published, but it seems to me to be a lot harder to sell a script).

    -Newton

  69. 69 Julian

    How old IS Misha? I enjoyed the script. The movie will be great.

  70. 70 Julian

    How old IS Misha? I enjoyed the script. The movie will be great.

  71. 71 oddboggle

    Another awesome interview!
    Thanks for taking the time, Carson and Misha.
    "Sunflower" is going to the top of my list.

    Misha, just ignore the l'il bitch haters: They're just mad because they suck. 🙂

    Oddboggle

  72. 72 oddboggle

    Another awesome interview!
    Thanks for taking the time, Carson and Misha.
    "Sunflower" is going to the top of my list.

    Misha, just ignore the l'il bitch haters: They're just mad because they suck. 🙂

    Oddboggle

  73. 73 Anonymous

    Well she says she was a high school senior in 2002. If she graduated in '02, that would make her 24 or 25. If her thesis was early '02, but she graduated in May 03, she could be as young as 23.

  74. 74 Anonymous

    Well she says she was a high school senior in 2002. If she graduated in '02, that would make her 24 or 25. If her thesis was early '02, but she graduated in May 03, she could be as young as 23.

  75. 75 Anonymous

    Love these interviews! Keep them coming.

  76. 76 Anonymous

    Love these interviews! Keep them coming.

  77. 77 Anonymous

    okay… fuck man, this is the second time my comments get deleted… I spent like 5 minutes writing… shit. shit. shit. I thought the comment section had freedom of speech… I thought wrong.

  78. 78 Anonymous

    okay… fuck man, this is the second time my comments get deleted… I spent like 5 minutes writing… shit. shit. shit. I thought the comment section had freedom of speech… I thought wrong.

  79. 79 Carson Reeves

    Hey anon. It's blogger deleting. Make sure to copy before you press "post" because for whatever reason it doesn't want to post sometimes. Even happens to me.

  80. 80 Carson Reeves

    Hey anon. It's blogger deleting. Make sure to copy before you press "post" because for whatever reason it doesn't want to post sometimes. Even happens to me.

  81. 81 jess

    SUNFLOWER's a great read and Misha Green's got a terrific voice. I love it when real talent comes around; you can always count on the wannabees and the never wills to come out flailing with knives.

  82. 82 jess

    SUNFLOWER's a great read and Misha Green's got a terrific voice. I love it when real talent comes around; you can always count on the wannabees and the never wills to come out flailing with knives.

  83. 83 Anonymous

    Haha, some of you people crack me up. Go look up damn near any comment section of posted scripts on here. People tear them apart, or the writer, saying a hell of a lot worse than anything on this comment section. Hell, Carson himself damn near blew a gasket on the Wedding Banned entry.

    So now just b/c the this writer did an interview, no one is allowed to say anything negative about the script?? WTF.

    Nature of the beast people. Jesus.

  84. 84 Anonymous

    Haha, some of you people crack me up. Go look up damn near any comment section of posted scripts on here. People tear them apart, or the writer, saying a hell of a lot worse than anything on this comment section. Hell, Carson himself damn near blew a gasket on the Wedding Banned entry.

    So now just b/c the this writer did an interview, no one is allowed to say anything negative about the script?? WTF.

    Nature of the beast people. Jesus.

  85. 85 Anonymous

    BTW…I loved the interview. 🙂

  86. 86 Anonymous

    BTW…I loved the interview. 🙂

  87. 87 Anonymous

    "So now just b/c the this writer did an interview, no one is allowed to say anything negative about the script?? WTF."

    Uh, the person didn't mention the script once — she took issue with Misha Green's character/success/blog/spelling of "Felicity."

  88. 88 Anonymous

    "So now just b/c the this writer did an interview, no one is allowed to say anything negative about the script?? WTF."

    Uh, the person didn't mention the script once — she took issue with Misha Green's character/success/blog/spelling of "Felicity."

  89. 89 Anonymous

    "Uh, the person didn't mention the script once — she took issue with Misha Green's character/success/blog/spelling of "Felicity."

    Yeah and how great would it have been had everyone ignored the comment? Now we've all gotta slog through a bunch of people slinging crap @ each other in order to see if there were any interesting bits of info in the comments like in the last interview.

  90. 90 Anonymous

    "Uh, the person didn't mention the script once — she took issue with Misha Green's character/success/blog/spelling of "Felicity."

    Yeah and how great would it have been had everyone ignored the comment? Now we've all gotta slog through a bunch of people slinging crap @ each other in order to see if there were any interesting bits of info in the comments like in the last interview.


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