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John Porter

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11 Questions with John Porter. A WILDsound WINTER 2009 One Page Screenplay Winner

1. What is your one page screenplay about?

"Food for Thought" is about how things sometimes work out: sometimes, regardless of how hard you fight, the bull wins.2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay/What influenced you to enter the WILDsound One Page Screenplay Contest?

While talking with a couple of friends about how things sometimes work out, I remembered a story my friend Al Wilhelm told me, and I decided to share it with the people at WILDsound.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

Twelve years

4. What is your all-time favorite MOVIE? (name only one)

The Verdict

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

The artists at WILDsound

6. How many screenplays have you written?

Sixty-one: twelve features and forty-nine shorts

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

Living where I'm living now, and doing what I'm doing now--but doing those things better

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

I write something, put it aside, and come back to it: almost always, I see something I want to change.

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

Working as a guide at Hearst Castle, a state historical monument in San Simeon, California; and working as a ranch hand on my family's ranch in the Huasna Valley in San Luis Obispo County, California

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

I like the conciseness that the contest requires.

11. Why should people VOTE for your One Page Screenplay and turn it into a film?

Because it really does offer food for thought

John Porter was born and raised in California, where he received a bachelorís degree in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, and where he works as a tour guide at Hearst Castle in San Simeon and as a ranch hand on his familyís ranch in the Huasna Valley.

In the mid-1990s, Porter began writing screenplays, the first of which, SPARKS AND LIGHT, was a feature inspired by a true story about his great-great-grandfather Isaac J. Sparks, an otter hunter and rancher, and Allen B. Light, Sparksís friend and the first black resident of Santa Barbara.

Porter has written ten features and thirty-five shorts, four of which (one feature and three shorts) have been optioned. And he is extremely grateful to the organizers of the WILDsound Screenplay Festival for the honor they have given him.

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