In Production is the story of the people who toil behind the scenes: the camera operators, Producers, Directors, Grips, Audio, PA's and the like and how their jobs are vital to the production of television and film. The stories mix the dramatic with the comedic and hopefully give a true to life account of the hardships and rewards that such a life provides in a constantly changing medium with some high powered egos and budgets.
2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?
Having worked on the Production side of things for several years, in news, TV and sports, I had a story I really felt compelled to tell. Most of these stories either happened directly to me, someone I know or COULD happen based on how things currently are unfolding.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
I've been writing screenplays for the better part of the decade, throughout high school and college. Nothing to really speak of yet but hopefully soon, my big break is coming.
4. What is your favorite TV show of all-time?
Tough to say, I guess I could make my bosses feel better and say: The Daily Show or The CBS Early Show. Otherwise, the shows that have informed my writing and my life would include The Wire, The Simpsons, Arrested Development and Monty Python's Flying Circus. They may appear wildly different at first but all represent to me television at its most creative, subversive and influential.
5. What artist in the film industry would you love to work with?
JJ Abrams, because I admire the diversity of his work, Joss Whedon because I am SO jealous of his writing and frankly, anyone willing to work with me!
6. Who was your hero growing up?
I had a lot of people I admired growing up, including Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Nelson Mandela, all larger then life people who are able to live with such dignity and grace. As I get older though, anyone who is able to stay true to themselves while still challenging the world around them inspires me, be it a parent, teacher or an artist.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Writing and acting on a TV series of my own or one that I can feel proud to be a part of.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I don't really have a set routine. I do have certain ideas, scenes, characters, etc, that spring up and I fill in the blanks as I go. I try to make come up with a big picture, an "Arc", and then get more specific with each scene, each edit, each time I sit down to write. Sometimes I'll spend all day and write literally pages and pages, other times I'll spend all day on one scene or even one moment, trying to make sure it's true to the vision I'm trying to create.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Music, first and foremost. As exact as I am with writing or acting, music allows me to be much more loose and free. The band I'm involved with is as much my family as anyone and the shared experiences playing with them have really helped make me the person I am today. Also, in a shameless plug, I greatly enjoy making short films, some of which can be seen on the website: Ifwehadabudget.com
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
I was searching for a way to get my script read that would really be helpful for me and after researching the site and the contest, was struck by the fact that no matter what, you get feedback. That meant all the world to me. I'm really glad I sent the script in and would strongly advise anyone else to send theirs in too!
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Keep writing and never take anyone's advice too deeply. No two writers, artists or people are alike, so you have to walk your own path. Protect your story and protect your control over it.