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"Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (1985) is made even more amazing once you realize that Paul Reubens wrote the screenplay himself, with help from the late, great Phil Hartman and "Pee-wee's Playhouse" writer Michael Varhol. But, Pee-wee wrote the bulk of that script himself. Here is an excerpt from a panel discussion at the 2011 SXSW in Austin, TX: "It’s a 90-minute film. It’s a 90-page script. On page 30, I lose my bike. On page 60, I find it. It’s literally exactly what they said to do in the book," laughed Reubens. "There should be like a MacGuffin kind of a thing, something you’re looking for, and I was like, okay, my bike." That last bit was said in Pee-wee’s guttural tone, much to the crowd’s delight. "It’s really a good example of how anybody could write a movie if you follow the rules," Reubens concluded. When it came to writing "Pee-wee’s Big Adventure," that’s what he did. He literally bought Syd Field’s Screenplay and wrote by the book.
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You are both so very correct. I have a motto taught to me in screenwriting classes: writing is re-writing. You have to be your own editor, and try not to be your own worst enemy. On the flip side to that is the idea that we often do not know what is truly good or bad on our own. Sometimes people love what you wrote even though you hated it. Conversely, what you wrote might seem like genius to you, but nobody else gets it.
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