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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

'Just present things as they are'

“As a writer, I've tried to avoid strong opinions about morality. You just want to present things as they are and let the viewer come to their own conclusion.” – Terence Winter

Born on this date in New York City, Winter studied to be a lawyer before realizing that what he really wanted to do was create shows for television and the movies.  Today, he is one of America’s most successful TV and movie writers and producers with such hit series as Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos to his credit.   He also was nominated for an Academy Award for the movie The Wolf of Wall Street.

A frequent speaker about writing for the stage and screen, he has this basic advice for would-be writers and producers.

“I have a rule: I will not alter the basic history of a real-life character to suit fictional needs in a big way.” Winter said.        “First and foremost, you want to be truthful as a storyteller.”

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