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11 Questions with 2010 Screenplay Finalist

1. What is your screenplay about?

A young boy's playtime reverie has some unusual consequences.

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

"Pie On Ears" is a peak into one of those inadvertently amusing moments in a child's life....a moment that we've all experienced in our own childhoods or have at least witnessed at some point. The pleasure of experiencing moments like those always give me a little catharsis from the doom, gloom and cynicism which surrounds us in day to day life, and I'd love the opportunity to share that with as many people as possible.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I've been writing screenplays for twelve years now.

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

The film I've watched the most has to be Aliens, James Cameron's 1986 sequel to the original Alien...love that movie! Almost twenty-five years later, it's still as heartpoundingly exciting, terrifying and touching as it was when I first saw it in my aunt's basement on HBO.

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

James Cameron!

6. How many screenplays have you written?

I've written four un-produced feature screenplays, and about seven shorts, including Pie On Ears.

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

I'm currently working on pre-production for a feature length "faux"-cumentary called Witchwood that I'm going to direct in early 2010. Ideally, five years from now I'd love to be saying "My directing career began when my movie Witchwood became successful."

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

Usually my stories start out with a single image that's engaging or evocative to me, and I start asking the question"how did things get to that point?" Once the answers start revealing themselves to me, the story begins to unfold, and the energy and excitement to tell it increases exponentially. I find that the earlier in the morning that I write, the cleaner my focus and energy is, so when I have a project on the go, I'll usually wake up one to two hours earlier in the day, and that time is exclusively writing time.

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

My life became redefined with the birth of my son early in 2009...he is what I'm most passionate about now in life. Second after that is my love for filmmaking...the creation of a world in the writing process, the realization of that world in the production process, and the birth of that world in the editing process...pure magic!

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

I wrote Pie On Ears shortly after completing my most recent feature length writing project, and it was like mental stretching after a hard work-out! I've been receiving notifications of WILDsound's contests ever since becoming a member about a year ago, and I got a Facebook notice about the latest contest around that time...I was falling in love with being a dad at that time too, so that influenced the type of story I ended up telling!

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

Live life, have fun and open yourself up to the world...that's the best way to have material come to you.

DAVE MAHARAJ


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