‘A Dog’s Journey’: Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon on Their Collaborative Writing Process

     May 15, 2019

Writing partnerships can be a very tenuous collaboration. Who’s right in a disagreement? Who gets to write what scene? Who does the final polish on the script? For every writing pair that works out, there are scores that end up in flames. Yet Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon have thrown caution to the wind — hell, they’ve doubled down and tossed fuel into this raging bonfire – because they’re writing partners and they’re married. How they’re both still alive is a mystery that will never be solved.

a-dogs-journey-posterIn all seriousness, the pair have worked together on numerous projects including A Dog’s Purpose and the sequel A Dog’s Journey (both based on Cameron’s own novels). The duo seems to have a very tight working relationship, and their easy-going personalities avoiding the pitfalls of failed-writer-collabs past. And yet… what happens if the two ever disagree about a scene or a line? Per Cameron, the answer always lies in: cooking.

In the following interview with screenwriters Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon, they discuss writing together and being married, their biggest disagreement on the A Dog’s Journey script, and how cooking brings them together. For the full interview, watch above.

Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon:

  • Bruce Cameron & Cathyrn Michon discuss writing together & being married
  • On if they ever have any disagreements while writing
  • On the lessons they learned writing the first film, A Dog’s Purpose
  • On how the script for A Dog’s Journey changed on set
  • On how the PG rating affected their approach to the script
  • On the more adult themes within the sequel (like reincarnation & mortality)

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