Quotes by: Nic Pizzolatto
||Nicholas Austin Pizzolatto
October 18, 1975
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
||Author, screenwriter, producer
||Louisiana State University
University of Arkansas
There's never been anything I didn't love that I didn't connect with on a personal level because, to some degree, I projected upon it.
I enjoy a third act, and I like stories with ending. A lot of my frustration with serialized storytelling is a lot of shows don't have a third act. They have an endless second act, and then they find out it's their last year and often have to hustle to invent a third act, but they were never necessarily organically meaning to begin with.
In the summer of 2010, I was working on a version of 'True Detective' that I was thinking might be my next novel, and it was told in these two first-person voices; Cohle and Hart's voices.
The work is where I tend to feel pressure - not so much in the reaction to it.
I'd want to bring a flamethrower to faculty meetings. The preciousness of academics and their fragile personalities would not be tolerated in any other business in the known universe.
You just do the best you can, and when you're able to connect with people, and when you do, it's just incredibly gratifying.
I knew 'True Detective' wasn't something I could allow anyone else to develop. But by the time HBO expressed an interest, I still had no real experience.
I find the constraints of drama actually freeing: It brings everything down to character and action.
Killing characters on television has become an easy short cut to cathartic emotion.
I left the University of Chicago's creative writing program for a tenure-track job at DePauw University in Indiana, then left DePauw in 2010 for Los Angeles.
For me as a storyteller, I want to follow the characters and the story through what they organically demand.
The conspiracies that I've researched and encountered, they seem to happen very ad hoc: they become conspiracies when it's necessary to have a conspiracy.
For the finale, I thought the audience deserved to get a close point of view on the monster, and to recognize him the way you recognize the heroes of 'True Detective.'
Whatever I watched, whatever I loved in 36 years of life on Earth, probably had some influence on me.
We're all born storytellers. It's part of the species. But, more specifically, I suppose a particular combination of sensitivity and trauma made me a writer: an essential disquiet with reality, which required exploration through portrayal.
At DePauw, I was teaching writing and fiction. The things I wanted to teach, more than anything else, were form and theory of the novel, of narrative. I liked those classes.
There are websites of 'True Detective' artwork out there now, and it's beautiful. And I don't want to take that away from anybody. I know what it means to me. But I don't want to take away anyone's interpretation of the show.
We live in a culture that has a real hard time distinguishing fiction from reality. Even when they're told something is fiction.
If you are a certain kind of hands-on learner and have been in a writers room and know how scripts get made, and you know what pre-production is, then mostly it's making sure the actors get what they need, and you are providing creative oversight while allowing room for everyone else to own the material, too.
Often, what allows someone to behave heroically in dire circumstances is unpalatable in day-to-day life.
I don't think you can create effectively toward expectation. I'm not in the service business.
As someone with a novelistic background, I just didn't have much interest in creating stories by committee. I don't think you necessarily get the best story through that approach.