Paul Schrader wrote 2 drafts of Taxi Driver in 10 days on nothing but scotch whisky and Maalox. In this 2008 guest lecture series presented by New York Film Academy, Schrader discusses his personal life experiences (and problems) and how they heavily influenced his storytelling. He encourages screenwriters to work from personal experiences and themes in order to write powerful scripts that get made into movies.

Paul Schrader Lecture Part 2: Finding Personal Problems

Paul Schrader Lecture Part 3: Starting the Plot

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