Julian Fellowes

The London Screenwriters’ Festival launched its 2016 edition in fine style last month as Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) shared his experiences and insights with a packed house at Regent’s University in London. Bob Schultz took a look at some of the quotes from his talk, and the lessons to be derived from each:

“I Was That Fool”

Opportunity often comes in the disguise of a “Terrible Decision”. Early in his career, Fellowes was on a production that suddenly needed a lot of writing done on literally no budget. “What fool would do that?” came the question. The answer? Julian.

When you are trying to break in, your strategy must include a balance of short-term self-interest and long-term reputation. Are you a team-player, willing to put the production’s goals above your own (within reason)? What other forms of compensation can you devise if money is not an option?

The path from where you are to where you want to be is never a straight one. Taking a job that pays …