JANUARY 2015 VOL. 19 ISSUE 1 W ritten B y THE MAGAZINE OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST © COLUMNS 6 TAKE FIVE BY KEVIN OTT Who says creating videogames isn’t an artform? Not Neil Druckmann. 10 THE JOB BY JASON HALL No kill zones were necessary to write American Sniper. 16 NEXT BY CHARLES B. SLOCUM Credit means more than a byline. 24 Full Frontal Vision BY LISA ROSEN Cruising the writers’ room for Looking . 28 The Eyes Have It BY LOUISE FARR Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski endure a decade in blind pursuit of Big Eyes. 36 Out of the Woods BY RICHARD STAYTON James Lapine earns the right to live happily ever after. 42 The Collaborationists BY NEELY SWANSON Winnie Holzman and Irene Mecchi share the wealth on how they staged Wicked and The Lion King . 18 FILM LIT BY MIRANDA BANKS The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild is the first comprehensive study of the WGA. DEPARTMENTS 2 FADE IN 56 FADE OUT Cover illustration of Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski by Drew Friedman, based on Margaret Keane’s style. Contents portrait of Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski by Tom Keller.