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AMANDA SIDOROWICZ

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11 Questions with 2010 Screenplay Finalist

AMANDA SIDOROWICZ

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a man suffering from withdrawal. During a convention, he explains to a group of addicts -- all suffering from the same addiction -- how to overcome their withdrawal symptoms, but there's something he's not telling them.

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

I think people should vote for my script because they can relate to it on some level. Also, they should vote because they like it or like me or like pizza. Mostly, they should vote because it entertained them, but if they want to vote for the other two reasons, I won't object.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I haven't been writing very long. I started writing about a year ago for a college course. So far, I've only conquered short scripts, but I really want to write a feature one day.

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

I'm not much of a movie buff (more-so television), but one movie that I've seen most is Phone Booth. That's closely followed by Fever Pitch. They're not award-winning, but they're very entertaining. I could watch either one of those over and over again and still be just as excited as I was the first time around.

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

I'd be happy to work with anyone who has more knowledge about the industry than me (which is pretty much everyone!). If I had to pick, it'd have to be someone who works more in the TV industry like Steve Franks (the creator/executive producer of Psych) or Josh Schwartz (creator/executive producer of The O.C.) I think it'd especially be cool to work with Schwartz because he was so young when he created the The O.C., which makes him an inspiration for young writers like me. If I could work with anybody in the film industry, it'd have to be Judd Apatow because his movies are hilarious, whether he's writing, producing, directing or doing all three in them.

6. How many screenplays have you written?

I've never completed a feature-length screenplay, but I've just finished writing a pilot episode to a sitcom. In addition to that sitcom, I've also completed about five shorts.

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

Career-wise, I think it'd be amazing to be staffed as a writer on a television show and living in California. However, I'd just be happy if I had a good job in communications or marketing and was starting a family.

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

Being a college senior, I don't have a lot of time to write for fun, but when I do, I sit down by my computer and just write. Usually, I'll have music playing in the background, and occasionally, I'll even break out into a total dance session to get the creative juices flowing. Most of the time, I write when everyone's sleeping because it's easier to focus (plus, you don't have to worry about anyone seeing you singing into a brush -- not that anything like that has ever happened).

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

The Chicago Cubs. I love baseball: playing it and watching it. I also like watching television and probably watch too much for my own good. I suppose I should also say I'm passionate about my education because I like learning about new things. Finally, I like to dance and just hang out with my friends/family.

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

The fact that it was only a page appealed to me. I was also influenced to enter this contest because of MoviePoet.com. This script was written for one of their contests, and the site runner recommended that I add a double twist to really surprise the reader. So, I took my initial story idea, shrunk it to a page and added the second twist. I think I owe him a muffin basket for the suggestion.

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

Don't let anyone tell you not to write because wanting to be a writer is an unrealistic dream. If it's something you enjoy, do it. Don't do it for the money. Do it because it makes you happy. I know that sounds lame, but it's important to not give up on your dream just because others don't believe in it. Also, writing's fun. Don't let it make you miserable. The words will come, but while you wait, relax ... unless you're on a deadline. In that case, good luck!

AMANDA SIDOROWICZ


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