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11 Questions with 2010 Screenplay Finalist

Elijah Buck

1. What is your screenplay about?

It's about Larry David and his struggles with his identity being stolen, voice automation, an argument with a mailman and his belief you shouldn't go to the funeral for the guy behind the deli counter.

2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?

When I was working as a PA at a production company, there was a problem with one of the Directors cell phones and it took me 2 hours to navigate through Nokia's voice automation to solve the problem. In those 2 hours, I was constantly rerouted to the wrong department or the operator would hang up instead of transferring me. I thought it was perfect for a "Curb" plot.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I have been writing my ideas down for a few years, but I'd say I've been seriously writing for a little over a year.

4. What is your favorite TV show of all-time?

The 700 club. Kidding. It'd have to be a big tie for "Seinfeld", "Curb" and "Family Guy".

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

There's a lot, but the one person who really sticks out to me is Michael Mann. He's a master. Amazing writer and director. He pays so much attention to detail and is a perfectionist. I'd be happy if I ever made something half as good as "Heat".

6. Who was your hero growing up?

Ferris Bueller. I know he's not real, but I was 7 when I saw that movie and he defined cool for me. The Bueller attitude helped me get through high school and college.

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

Anywhere that allows me to write (and hopefully direct) television and or film.

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

When I get an idea, no matter what it is, a piece of dialogue, a character, a plot, I'll write it down or text it to myself so I don't forget it. When I get a good concrete idea, I'll take that idea and try to build around it. When I get it to a place I like, I'll write a treatment and when that's done, I don't touch it for a few days and I just think about it. I revisit it and send it to my wife, my brother and a few friends for feedback. Then I physically write the script. I never type anything until everything is all written down on paper...typing I save for the final draft. For inspiration, I like to put music on that's relevant to the project...I try to really put myself into the situations. If I'm struggling to come up with an idea, I look to personal experiences to write about...what's funnier than real life?

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

I'm a curious person and I love trying things just for the experience. I've gone skydiving, ran a marathon, shot the largest hand gun in the world, eaten some really strange foods and went bowling with an eye patch on (Pirate Bowling...it's awesome) just because I was curious what it would be like. One of these days I'll get around to trying curling.

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

Because of the economy, I lost my job as an agency Producer a year ago and it gave me this opportunity to finally start taking my ideas, putting them together and finalizing them. I know the best way to become a successful writer is exposure and thought this contest was perfect. Getting laid off was the best thing that could have happened to me.

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

Writing and talking about writing are 2 totally different things. I talked about writing for a few years and got absolutely no where. If you have an idea, work on it. If you like what you've written, show it to your family and friends and get their feedback. And then finish your project and get it out there. You can't be timid and just sit on it.



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