From my recent interview:
GITS: Now before you wrote the first draft, when and how did you first start prepping the story?
DC: I remember I got the initial idea, and then a
few weeks later I was sitting in a movie theater. A movie was playing
that—I won’t name which one—but I was utterly bored out of my mind. I
decided I didn’t want to pay attention about fifteen minutes in, but I
didn’t walk out because I was with somebody. Also I hate walking out of
movies, I tend not to do it.
So I just decided to use it as thinking time. I started thinking
through the structure and the story, and I beat out the basic plot beats
during the hour and a half of that movie. Then I started writing. So
the whole thing was pretty organic, compared to other scripts I’ve
written that required a Herculean effort. This was from the gut.
GITS: Ten days is pretty incredible.
DC: Well, don’t get me wrong. If you could have seen that first draft—it read like a ten day draft.
Read the rest at Go Into The Story, a great blog hosted by the incredible Scott Myers.