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Writers on Writing - Mark Boal
The Writers Guild Foundation presents a one-on-one interview with screenwriter Mark Boal, moderated by F.X. Feeney. Boal's Playboy Magazine article "Death and Dishonor," was adapted into the film, In the Valley of Elah. Following this first taste of Hollywood, Boal wrote The Hurt Locker, based on his experiences as an embedded journalist with an Explosives Ordnance Disposal unit in 2004 Iraq.
Boal pitched the idea to filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, whom he had met when she was developing a television series based on an article he had written in 2002. The two decided to pursue the project as an independent film, and Boal went to work writing a "spec" script.
Boal, who majored in Philosophy, graduated with honors from Oberlin College. At age 23 he wrote an acclaimed Village Voice series of articles about the rise of surveillance in America, which led to his writing a weekly column for the paper entitled 'The Monitor.' He subsequently covered politics, technology, crime and the youth and drug cultures in stories for a variety of national publications, including Rolling Stone, Brill's Content, Mother Jones, and Playboy, among others. He lives in Los Angeles.