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Meeting Justin Zackham

Updated: Apr 16, 2018

I am really looking forward to chairing a Masterclass with screenwriter, director and producer Justin Zacham for Screen Training Ireland tomorrow.

I want to hear about how Justin writes characters that attract A list cast: Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in Justin's first feature film THE BUCKET LIST; Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Saranadon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace in THE BIG WEDDING which Justin wrote and directed. And James Corden, Julie Walters, Alexandra Roach and our own Colm Meaney in ONE CHANCE.

I'm keen to find out what Justin looks for in an idea as he has written and produced an original idea in THE BUCKET LIST and if not coined the phrase certainly made it popular. A remake of a Swiss/French film in THE BIG WEDDING and a true-life story in ONE CHANCE. And all three projects were ‘small stories’ that have enjoyed world-wide appeal and commercial success.

I know he’s going to have some great tips on craft, especially in nailing tone, writing dialogue and using voice/over effectively. Justin is also a producer on his films and has originated TV, so he will have lots of insights on the market. Which may help us identify where the opportunities are for us in Ireland.

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