WILDsound 2010 Spring Feature Screenplay Finalist - ADAM DICKTER
1. What is your screenplay about?
"Colin Samuels" is the story of an former New York City detective, now working as a newspaper columnist, who uncovers a conspiracy when he is asked by his ex-partner, now the deputy police commissioner, to look into a murder case.
2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?
After seeing Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton" in 2007, I wanted to write a powerful story driven by a single character in a complex set of circumstances that affect his personal and professional relationships.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
5. What artist in the industry would you love to work with?
6. Who was your hero growing up?
My father, Lawrence Dickter.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I wake up most mornings with an idea in my head, probably based on a dream. I write them down. Sometimes the idea grows into a character and a scene. The further it goes in my head, the better the chance I will sit down and write it. I generally write a script in one or two sittings, then consider that the frame on which I can then add texture, going through numerous drafts until it has the richness that I'm satisfied with.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
The idea of getting feedback, even if you don't win, shows that this is a group that is serious about encouraging new writers and sharing a passion for the craft.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Write what you know about. Pick subjects that will allow you to use your expertise. Art can't compete with real life, so use real experiences and people as much as possible to inspire and shape what you write. Also, write often. Look at it as exercise. With every page you become a stronger writer. Reading books and other scripts also improves your skills.