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WILDsound 2010 Spring Feature Screenplay Finalist - PHILIP NAIMAN

1. What is your screenplay about?

Learning Charlie is about a young biracial girl who learns to deal with life after the death of her single mother. It focuses on her struggle to move on and develop a relationship with the only man in her life: her deceased mother’s boyfriend.

2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?

I felt the main character, Charlie, deserved to have her point of view expressed. She's usually a marginal, one-scene character in most movies; it's time to put the underdog in the spotlight!

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I started back in college, but I didn't start to really write until I got my first corporate desk job. Then I had to write to get away from the office madness. It's been about 4 years now.

4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?

Forest Gump.

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

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood, preferably together at once.

6. Who was your hero growing up?

The Michael Jordans of basketball, the Brad Pitts of the movies, the Michael Jacksons of pop music (don't judge). Anyone who is/was at the top of their game have always inspired me to strive for greatness.

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

On a movie set.

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

No process, no routine. I write whenever I get a burst of inspiration, which seems to usually occur in the middle of the work day after lunch time...not sure why.

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

Watching movies and eating out.

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

WILDsound is one of the very few contests that offer feedback, which is so important for writers.

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

"Later" should not be part of your vocabulary. Whenever inspiration hits, get as much writing done as possible. It can be a pain at times, but your script will thank you later--I mean--in the end.



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