And on the other hand, it makes me so angry that his talent is going to waste.“He always says he’s waiting for inspiration, or he’s stymied because he can’t write until he feels he really has some insight or some phrase or something important to say. All admitted students qualify for Graduate Assistantships, which include a stipend paid over nine months (currently ,140), full payment of graduate tuition, and health insurance.
Benioff also has written screenplays for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Kite Runner,” “Troy” and other films, and he’s the author of a second novel, "City of Thieves," as well as "When the Nines Roll Over (and Other Stories)." He and Weiss recently took on their first feature film project — writing, producing and directing “Dirty White Boys,” an adaptation of a novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Hunter. And while I know there are people out there who can handle a job and keep writing (Khaled Hosseini is one rare example who kept writing while practicing medicine), that’s not easy for most of us. “A lot of series don’t have a real sense of narrative arc.
In an interview with Marrie Stone on KUCI’s “Writers on Writing” program, Benioff offered tips to those hoping to pen a hit screenplay or the great American novel: “My advice to screenwriters is to read more screenplays, good screenplays — “Carnal Knowledge” and “Chinatown,” to name a couple. But I don’t think scriptwriters are given the same advice, and it’s a shame.” And his tip for novelists? For one thing, I was able to study with some incredible writers – Ann Patchett [and] Geoffrey Wolff, to name a few. “While I was in the program, I was teaching undergraduates, which paid for my time there. all have shades of gray.” On writing scripts for film vs. And so the idea, the attraction of having this massive canvas [“Game of Thrones”] [is that] you can take these characters — characters that we loved from the books — and have years to spend on them and to get to know them and to tell their stories with … With this one, we had a pretty good idea where we wanted to go from the beginning. We still don’t.” On the perils of being married to a screenwriter: “I annoy my wife [actress Amanda Peet] constantly, because we’ll be watching TV in bed together, and I’ll say, ‘This is about to happen.’ And then usually it does. ’ It’s only because this is what I do for a living. And when you’re surprised by it, it’s just that much more gratifying.
Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO David Benioff (right), a graduate of UC Irvine’s master’s program in fiction, and D. Weiss, his friend and fellow executive producer of “Game of Thrones,” have been nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award for outstanding writing for a drama series. He once submitted a story about a computer virus to a literary magazine and received a note from the editor saying, “You have a bright future … Today, Benioff is a sought-after screenwriter, novelist and producer. “A crappy way of describing it would be ‘The Sopranos’ in Middle Earth,” Benioff once joked.
Benioff was so dissatisfied with the manuscript that he never sent it out. Weiss, his friend and fellow executive producer of “Game of Thrones,” were nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award for outstanding writing for a drama series. The show features dark themes, morally ambivalent characters and a Tolkienesque fantasy world — the mythical land of Westeros.
David put in the long hours, but he was far down the road [to producing an authoritative work] when he set out.” While at UC Irvine, Benioff completed "The 25th Hour," his thesis and first published novel.
Unlike bravura sprints of poetry by youngsters, long-form prose is long-haul trucking.
We’ve been having this debate for years and years, and I’m so frustrated with him because it’s just wonderful talent going completely to waste.
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But I didn’t know — nobody can predict — how far and fast you would move ahead. I am dazzled by its seriousness, so often comical on the surface, and by its exquisite workmanship.” Benioff met Weiss, co-creator of “Thrones,” while earning his first master’s degree in Irish literature at Trinity College Dublin.
“Game of Thrones” has received 19 nominations, the most of any drama.) Benioff’s at the top of his game, and his success comes as no surprise to those who knew him when he was honing his talent as a graduate student in UC Irvine’s prestigious M. “When we first met, during your visit to us, I knew that you were a keeper, and that you knew where you meant to arrive in fiction, and that you certainly had the wit and probably the stamina to get there.