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11 Questions with 2010 Screenplay Finalist

1. What is your screenplay about?

“He Waited” came to me in a dream. It is about an elderly man, Mister James, who sits at a street corner, naked, staring at something, until workers for the home he lives at come and get him. The actual meaning of the story is unclear. I think the beautiful thing about this piece is that everyone gets a different meaning from it.

2. Why should people vote for your 1page script?

Because they like it and see some value to the story.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

Most of my life. I made my first attempt at writing a screenplay at twelve, it wasn’t very good. I haven’t stopped since then, so twenty-some odd years.

4. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

5. What artist in the film industry would you love to work with?

William Shatner. Even though I am a life-long Star Trek fan my admiration for Shatner goes beyond the role of Captain Kirk. I would love one day for the man who was one of my idols growing up to involved in one of my projects.

6. How many screenplays have you written?

In total I have twenty-seven feature screenplays and fifteen short screenplays. I am currently in the process of re-writing and polishing each of them off to start passing them around soon.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Making a better living off of my writing.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

My process is simple, I always write everything out as a prose story first. Once finished and polished in prose format, I reformat (or adapt) the story into a screenplay. I never show a story around until I’ve done at least five drafts.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Comic Books, Novels, Sports – Life itself.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

This is the first writing contest of any sort that I have ever entered. I did so because I know of WILDSound, and a one page contest seemed ideal for “He Waited.”

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Always write, always study, always learn. Never believe you know everything about writing. In addition, always read, and for screenplays always watch movies. Before you can write, you have to learn what truly engages yourself and others.

And never give up!



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