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article imagePaul Haggis interviewed on art of screenwriting

By Tim Sandle     Jul 22, 2014 in Entertainment
Screenwriter Paul Haggis (“Crash,” "Million Dollar Baby," "Casino Royale") has been interviewed as part of the Academy Originals series. Haggis discusses his approach to the creative writing process.
Paul Haggis is is a Canadian screenwriter, producer, and director. Haggis in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back - Million Dollar Baby (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2004) which he himself directed.
Haggis has been interviewed in a feature this week. The interview is available on YouTube:
In the feature, Haggis discusses his creative process and he explains what creativity means to him. He also talks about overcoming writers block, and how he fictionalizes the moments in life he finds haunting.
Haggis began his career as a writer for television programs, including The Love Boat, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life. However, it was the screenplay for Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby that launched him into the big time.
Haggis was a member of the Church of Scientology, although he left the organization, as The Guardian reported, in 2009 in a disagreement over the Church's opposition to gay marriage. These days Haggis works with a non-profit organization called Artists for Peace and Justice that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world.
The video is part of a new series called Academy Originals, a new digital only series. These are documentary-style videos which examine the creative process relating to film making.
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