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Steven Zaillian Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 January 1953Fresno, California, USA
Birth NameSteven Ernest Bernard Zaillian
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Steven Zaillian was born on January 30, 1953 in Fresno, California, USA as Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian. He is a producer and writer, known for Schindler's List (1993), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and American Gangster (2007).

Trivia (5)

A veteran go-to script doctor in the industry, Steven Zaillian has contributed to screenplays uncredited on a number of projects over the years. They include a rewrite of "Patriot Games" (1992), revisions on "Crimson Tide" (1995), "Twister" (1996), "Primal Fear" (1996), "Amistad" (1997), and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). He has also done script revision work on "Black Hawk Down" (2001), "Road to Perdition" (2002) and "Body of Lies" (2008). He was called upon in post-production to rewrite some scenes for re-shooting for "Salt" (2010).
Is of Armenian descent
Graduated from San Francisco State University in 1975 with a degree in Cinema.
Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Robert Duvall in A Civil Action (1998).
As of 2014, has written four screenplays that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Awakenings (1990), Schindler's List (1993), Gangs of New York (2002) and Moneyball (2011). Of those, Schindler's List (1993) is a winner in the category and earned Zaillian an Oscar for his script.

Personal Quotes (6)

The similarity between the big directors I've worked with is that they allow the writer to find a way of doing what they want done without saying 'do it this way.' They describe what they want, then letting the writer figure out a way to do it.
I find that most of my scripts have a lot more scenes than most films, so the average movie might have 100 scenes, my average script has 300 scenes.
People who would go to an arthouse cinema and watch a Swedish movie and read subtitles... it's a small percentage.
I have no problem with anyone being precise about small things.
I'm not one of those people who writes long soliloquies.
The main thing that I learned from editing is that most people, when they're making a film, they start too early into the story. They will try to set up the characters, they will try to establish things before the plot actually starts.

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