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JACK GLEESON

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11 Questions with 2010 Screenplay Finalist

1. What is your screenplay about?

It's the harrowing tale of one woman's attempt to survive an attack by a psychotic masked killer. Or it's a comedic series of every horror cliché that I could fit into a page. There wasn't room for the one where somebody's startled by what turns out to be a cat. Shame.

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

Its full potential would be if it was realised visually - it could be funnier on-screen than on-page! Voting for it will allow for that! It could also be the beginning of my career as a screenwriter. Which is my "dream"...as it were.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

About four years. I'm only just at my first year of university however, so I've still got a while.

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

Probably Peter Pan. The Disney one. Or The Terminal.

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

There are too many to list, though top ones would be masters of the imagination like Guillermo del Toro, Hayao Miyazaki or John Lasseter (Pixar in general would be fine, I'm not gonna be picky with that). Ricky Gervais. Spellcheck is having trouble with those surnames. Also anyone who's worked on The Office or Arrested Development. Was I meant to just give one name?

6. How many screenplays have you written?

Thousands of ideas running about the place, crashing into one another...and not many finished screenplays, unfortunately. I'd say I've finished a total of about four...and then I've probably started fifty-something.

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

Ideally, I'd like to be a professional screenwriter - although I realize that's a lot to ask of mid-20s age.

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

I'll generally just start writing if / when I have an idea. Sometimes I try to plan out the entire story before starting the actual ACTUAL writing, but then sometimes I just go for it. So essentially no, I don't really have a set routine, although it would be better if I stuck to the "plan first" method. Plots are laid out so much better.

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

Nine Inch Nails. Music in general. Film (obviously), TV, gaming. Guitar (a bit). Photography. Having a riot of a time sitting on a train for 2 hours every day, to and from college.

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

A screenwriter is what I ultimately aspire to be, so that part's obvious - a friend told me about the site, and I saw the one-page competition. I've been looking for a chance to exhibit my writing, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I figured that if anything, writing a one-page script is a viable goal. There's just NO excuse for not doing that.

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

Nothing that hasn't been said before by everyone under the sun - just write!

JACK GLEESON


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