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I never know what the theme is until I stumble on to it halfway through the process. I know we had conversations from the very beginning, and as I started forming an outline we were talking about what the story might be, and in the end it ended up being much different from what we thought. The constants were that it was always going to be a mystery and a complex story.
The irony of an age where homicide detectives were no longer needed and then Anderton having to become a detective again to save himself, was very appealing to both of us. We had a think tank where we invited all of these experts, architects, scientists from MIT, and even journalists. We invited people to talk about weapons, social and privacy issues, and all kinds of things about what the future might be fifty years from now.
Where are we heading? Things like that. The issue of privacy really hit home to me during this time. You can carry that into the world of advertising, security and law enforcement. Being able to know when someone is going to commit a murder before they even do, is the ultimate example.
I thought that is the theme of this movie. In fact, at one point in his script, Anderton gets his eyes surgically removed from his head so that he can maneuver around without being tracked. This is a man who has a blind spot, and because of it he has embraced the system for all the wrong reasons. Once you knew what the story was going to be for you, how long did it take to find the spine and then begin constructing the script?
It took months of meetings and talking about the story, and then it was months of outlining where we had to rethink the shape of the movie. During some of the early story meetings, Steven and I had talked about a style for the movie and we both liked the idea of doing a kind of The French Connection in the year Steven and I actually ended up watching The French Connection together. What I liked about Popeye Doyle was that he was flawed.
I like to write about those kinds of characters. The superhero kind of character for me is dull. Was there ever a time when the writing was fluid for you? It sounds like you were always struggling with it. No, it was always agony for me. I seem to take ten steps backward and a tiny baby step forward. But then I panicked because my ideas were gonna stink [laughs]. At one point when I was writing Minority Report, there was this horrible rainy season, and outside my window they were doing construction.
There was pounding and the building was literally shaking every fifteen seconds, and that damn beeping sound trucks make when they back up, and there were guys yelling at each other. It was a mess. How involved was Spielberg in the development of the script? You had story meetings together. Early on, before he went on to do A.
Initially when I came on in January of , Steven wanted to begin shooting that August. But Tom was in the middle of making Mission Impossible 2 in Australia, and that schedule kept getting pushed back for various reasons, so therefore our production kept getting postponed.
We had more and more time to work on the script and what we ended up doing was reinventing the story. Steven was incredibly indulgent of my messy process. The greatest and hardest thing about Steven is he has access to everything and everyone.
When I was working on Saving Private Ryan, I had two large binders full of historical facts that he had accumulated about D-Day, and all this stuff he wanted in the movie. He reads scripts with a tape recorder in hard, and he takes copious notes. I would then get the transcriptions. Steven has a tremendous instinct for what an audience is going to feel. Often times when we hit a problem he is the first to find the solution. I had one meeting with him early on, and then he went off to Australia.
During that meeting he was game to pretty much anything. During the filming, I was on the set and he was very much a student of the page. He did have ideas, but most of them were behavioral. He was very enthusiastic about the screenplay. In fact, I think his enthusiasm for the project kept it together a few times. Did you ever come close to dropping out of the project?
I did really get depressed after a while. Also, the schedule was taking forever. He kept encouraging me to find my own unique point of view for the story. Now I was stuck, I had to do it [laughs].
But then we went round and round about the details. Walter Parkes, the president of DreamWorks, was also very involved in the process. We all had different ideas of what we wanted in the script, and most of them were really good ideas. We wanted to do everything. Every week Steven would fax me pieces of research or ideas he had and all of it was good.
What I ended up with after a year was a page screenplay. That was when Steven went off to do A. Then I went to finish some other projects I had, and about a year later I came back to finish it. Were you on the set a lot? Yeah some.
I did have a lot on my plate. I would go as often as I could. It was very difficult to leave once I was there.
Writers who say they love being on the set are nuts. New cameras, experimental cameras, new ways of using cameras.
Steven had a robotic arm brought to the set one day from an automated factory of some kind and they put the camera on the arm. Not to mention the people that visit his set.
There was always someone showing up. Do you set goals for yourself? I do, both short term and long term goals. What is your writing process like? I spend a lot of time writing about the script, thinking about the characters, getting ideas, lines of dialogue, before I actually write it.
Anything that pops into my head I write it down and I start to organize that to shape the story. I spend months doing that. I might actually be a better writer if I was less inhibited. My inner critic inhibits me a lot from trying new things because I immediately stifle whatever sort of idea or notion I have. The most satisfying thing is the process of writing. Being alone in my room, satisfaction is only found in problem solving.
And my inner critic is constantly pointing out those problems for me to solve [laughs]. What I have to do is let go and just write. The hardest thing for me to do is turn in material. I rarely print anything out. It must be difficult for you to see your work on screen. The script will be interpreted differently by the director, the costume designers, the actors, everyone. But writers have to stand up for what they believe in. I have a very strong point of view about my own material.
I enjoy it actually. I enjoy collaborating within a creative team. I find that if I work with equally intelligent and creative people, sometimes more intelligent and creative ones, it challenges me to write better work.
The second unit stuff was a blast. Working with Jersey Films on both Get Shorty and Out of Sight, they even included me in marketing meetings, everything. Soderbergh was very generous about showing his film. He would show me early cuts of Out of Sight. Jodie Foster was the same way. Kenneth Branagh was the same way. I spent a lot of time with him in the editing room. Barry Sonnenfeld was also very good to me.
All of the directors have shown me cuts of the movie very early on. As for my experience on Minority Report, Steven would show us cuts of what he was doing. He was always very excited about it. He was very generous. Whenever I needed to talk to him, he would always get back to me right away, no matter what he was doing. You say you are more inspired by fiction now.
The writing is all about servicing the concept. At least I hope we do. Check out the full interview here. Bill Cope, Common Ground, Australia. Despite the structural priority dominant in the cinematic practices in mainstream movies, filmmakers are inclined to harvest the poststructuralist and maternal potential of the filmic system of signs. My paper builds the case that in constructing his adaptation, Spielberg taps into the semiotic m Otherness suppressed by and inherently conjoined to the alphabetic text and the cinematic apparatus.
Since the cinematic written word and the Symbolic order. One extra- apparatus draws on the written text, on story and Symbolic advantage of the movie text over the primarily on re presentation that is extra-textual, it written text is that the movies by their semiotic affords the maternal semiotic a venue in which to nature are not confined to the oppositional structure feature our collective pre-lingual and pre-alphabetic and the graphic potential of the lingual alphabetic experience.
A patriarchal culture that deems women mad, mute, body-centred For the purposes of this paper, text is defined as a hysterics, beyond the pale of culture is predicated construct that is reproducible whether by means of upon a fantasy of linguistic mastery and autonomy. My analysis remains focused on the visual patriarchal social order consistently seeks to deny.
This connection is reinforced in the film. Further, images of the abject, During the analysis of a text, specific examples torn i. The sophisticated and stilted. Though apparently forthright, these nature of the symbiosis occurring between the images simulate a futuristic environment that Symbolic order and the maternal semiotic.
Subliminally, however the subversive extra-logical potential of this intertextuality as they imagery is insidious and ultimately exhilarating. For practice their art of constructing a filmic text. It features a small round wood ball the artist or composer of the text. By means of close up shots, Spielberg language, that is, which causes one to be reminded, presents an uncanny, albeit non-organic scenario through the linguistic signs themselves, of the reminiscent of the non-fertilized egg travelling demarcations that pre-condition them and go beyond through the fallopian tube to its resting place in the them.
Indeed, writing causes the subject who womb. Another, more pronounced example of the ventures in it to confront an archaic authority on the womb theme is the dark sanctuary in which the pre- nether side of the proper Name.
The maternal cogs are kept. It is a huge egg-shaped tabernacle in connotations of this authority never escaped great which the pre-cogs are resting in a shallow pool of writers, Further, in continuation of the pre- the short story Minority Report exude the maternal natal references, the pre-cogs are hooked to semiotic in the overt sensual aspects of the medium: umbilical-like tubes.
At one point, early on in the moving images and sound. Further, the relevant audio he calls photon milk and he explains that this references place emphasis on the distortions of substance enhances their prescient abilities. First ed. Only later does the remains latent to a great extent. At one point his facilitates the prescient powers of the pre-cogs.
Both involve a and like a pre-lingual entity he realizes anew his way of seeing and being seen at multiple levels of split from the Object in the figure of his connubial human experience including the conscious and the surrogate m Other as she turns away from him.
Spielberg plays liberally with both Suddenly a causal and abject relationship coalesces motifs and the two overlap at times. In sum, and in keeping Police closing in on them, he has no idea why they with the subject of this section of my analysis, the must stop and the tension mounts as his capture mirror signals the pre-lingual maternal rejection that appears imminent. At the very last minute a balloon in turn triggers in the husband the overwhelming seller also stops not too far from them to sell one of primal impulse to kill the m Other.
Spielberg has the balloons from his huge floating horde that hides tapped into this repressed stage in order to them from the cops who are just turning to the grand re present it with imagery of the Freud-Lacanian hall from the level above to look for the fugitives. Albeit heavy handed when analysed, this Further, as the cops give up and wander off to look design strategy is consistent with the enunciation of elsewhere, there is centred in the background of the the pre-lingual experience.
The central figure in the the technically refined, extra-logical cinematic billboard is a bluish-white, gender-ambiguous display that includes montage editing, over- person or android in a crowd of like-creatures with exposure, de-saturated colours and muffled, filtered red lips. The Abject The large caption at the lower section of the The abject, that is to say the disgusting expulsed and billboard-screen is a bar code with extended and discarded objects linked to body functions, is treated justified bars placed to the left and right of elongated in this film in a revealing manner.
The reports of all the precogs are analyzed by a computer and, if these reports differ from one another, the computer identifies the two reports with the greatest overlap and produces a "majority report", taking this as the accurate prediction of the future.
But the existence of majority reports implies the existence of a "minority report". Anderton believes that the prediction that he will commit a murder has been generated as a majority report.
He sets out to find the minority report, which would give him an alternate future.
However, as Anderton finds out, sometimes all three reports differ quite significantly, and there may be no majority report, even though two reports may have had enough in common for the computer to link them as such. In the storyline, all of the reports about Anderton differ because they predict events occurring sequentially, and thus each is a minority report.
Anderton's situation is explained as unique, because he, as Police Commissioner, received notice of the precogs' predictions, allowing him to change his mind and invalidate earlier precog predictions.
Multiple time paths[ edit ] The existence of three apparent minority reports suggests the possibility of three future time paths, all existing simultaneously, any of which an individual could choose to follow or be sent along following an enticement as in Anderton's being told he was going to murder an unknown man.
In this way, the time-paths overlap, and the future of one is able to affect the past of another. It is in this way that the story weaves a complicated web of crossing time paths and makes a linear journey for Anderton harder to identify.
This idea of multiple futures lets the precogs of Precrime be of benefit—because if only one time-path existed, the predictions of the precogs would be worthless since the future would be unalterable. Precrime is based on the notion that once one unpleasant future pathway is identified, an alternative, better one can be created with the arrest of the potential perpetrator.
Police Commissioner John A. Anderton[ edit ] John A. Anderton is the protagonist of The Minority Report. At first, he is highly insecure, suspicious of those closest to him - his wife, his assistant Witwer. He has complete faith in the Precrime system and its authority over individuals and their freedom of choice.