British screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon, Hereafter) joined Webster University media students Oct. 5 at the Webster Vienna campus to give a talk about his accomplishments as an author and his experience in the movie industry.
His recent film, 360, based on a story by Arthur Schnitzler, is currently playing in Austrian cinemas.
Morgan explained how he approaches the creation of scripts for film and TV and also the writing of theatre plays. Comparing the art of film-making with the economic aspects of the internationally operating studio system was an exciting topic for his listeners.
In an entertaining and engaging way, Morgan captured the attention of students and faculty when he mixed anecdotes from his work in Hollywood and London with lessons that he learned during a long and successful career. He explained how scripts, like his for the movie Rush with Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard, are a part of a complex production environment.
Overall, Morgan’s interactions with many key players in worldwide media production provided the background for enjoyable and thoughtful stories from his life, as well as a final bit of advice:
“Try to keep your overheads always as low as possible…”
This post was originally published on the site of Webster University’s Vienna campus.