Feb 10, 2022
Cyrano is a musical drama starring Peter
Dinklage based on screenwriter Erica Schmidt’s stage play of the
same name. Erica talks to Write On about transitioning from writing
for the theater to screenwriting: "It was challenging because I
didn't know the form, and I had to really learn the form. It was
really exciting as well; I love movies, I've always loved movies,
and I never would have started out with something so big so it was
kind of a great way to jump off the board and into the pool."
Erica goes on to talk about the involvement of the band The
National in contributing music for the project: "I listened to [The
National's] music over and over again as I was writing the play,
and that kind of necessitated making the language less and less to
allow the music to be the heartbeat of the piece, but then when it
was going to be a screenplay, I had a lot more freedom."
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