Tom Pope and the Hollywood Experience

Tom Pope, a Minneapolis College of Art and Design professor, was not always a college professor. He was once a Hollywood screenwriter, working on scripts for numerous films including Sweet Land, Hammett, Bad Boys, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Since his time in Hollywood, Pope has thought of a new way to examine narratives by analyzing a character’s “dramatic mass.” 

“Screenwriting is such a marriage between art and commerce. There’s a famous saying for all screenwriters in Hollywood—that their best script never got made. ‘The Eagle of Broadway’ was my audition script. It got me through the door,” Pope said, adding that the industry is competitive and capricious.

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