'Hidden Figures' Screenwriter Allison Schroeder: "I Grew Up Playing on the Mercury Capsule Prototypes" | Writer Oscar Roundtable

"There’s a sense of comradeship [at NASA] that I’ve never seen anywhere else. You walk in, and every single person feels like they're a part of that launch. We really tried to put that in the film."

"I think you leave your imprint on every screenplay," Hidden Figures screenwriter Allison Schroeder told The Hollywood Reporter during the Writer Roundtable. "I like to bring my experience as a woman to all my female characters that hopefully makes them a little more layered and complex."

Schroeder worked at NASA as did her father and grandmother. "When [Hidden Figures] came along I thought, 'Yes. I know this world. I know this world well. I know the smell in the cafeteria of NASA.'

"You think NASA is going to be cutting edge, but they've got so many buildings that are just left over from the '60s," Schroeder said. "It's old."

"When I'm writing a script I see it in my head, literally playing out, so when I show up and the camera's not where I'd thought it would be, or the color of the wall ... it's little things," Schroeder told the Roundtable.

Tom Ford replied, "You need to direct it."

"It's up next," Schroeder said. "I'm going to give birth, and then I thought I'd go direct a film."

More roundtables featuring actresses, actors, directors, songwriters, documentarians, composers and producers will continue throughout February in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With 'The Hollywood Reporter' starting Jan. 15 on Sundance TV, and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.

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