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11 Questions with 2010 Screenplay Finalist

Krishna Motha - DOUBLE FINALIST

1. What is your screenplay about?

The Three Kings Paradox showcases Penny's attempts to try and break away Sheldon, Leonard et al from their usual geeky pastimes and teach them poker. As usual, the results are comical with Sheldon in particular being unable to understand the nuances of the game.

Dial P for Peter is a murder mystery that draws inspiration from everything from The Maltese Falcon to LA Confidential. When a guest dies at a party, Peter and Brian must find out whodunnit before it's too late.

2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?

I once watched a show on television and thought, "You know, I reckon I could write something better than this!" Rather than doing nothing about it, I decided to have a go!

For the Three Kings Paradox, it came from a personal love of poker. I have loads of funny stories related to playing the game and thought it would work well for the guys in The Big Bang Theory to learn the game from Penny.

For Dial P For Peter, I am a huge fan of whodunnits and murder mysteries. I thought this could work as a Family Guy special or a two-parter. From there, it was just a case of getting in the jokes I wanted to while creating a coherent story.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I wrote a screenplay about 7-8 years back when I was at school, but only started writing seriously about a year ago.

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

If I had to pick a single one, it would be a dead heat between Seth MacFarlane and Joss Whedon (which means I can't even pick one!). To be honest, there are so many people who I'd love the chance to work with.

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

Again, tough call - it's between The Wire and Firefly. For me, The Wire's quality over 5 seasons pips Firefly just.

6. Who was your hero growing up?

Batman.

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

Ideally, I would like to be writing for a comedy show like Family Guy or The Big Bang Theory, either in the USA or UK. But let's take life as it comes, eh?

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

Generally, I come up with an idea for a script. Once I have this, I try and get a rough scene structure in place. From there, it's just a case of writing each scene. Some scenes just flow naturally and are easy to write while others take more time. Once I've written a first draft, I go back through and see whether it holds together and re-write as necessary.

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

I am passionate about (in no particular order) sports (especially rugby union and football/soccer), drawing, films, charity work, poker, comedy, politics, philisophy, cartoons...basically, quite a lot of stuff interests me!

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

I searched the web for competitions for spec scripts. WILDsound was one which accepted entries all year round and also offered feedback without extra charge.

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

You only get better at writing by writing. If you have an idea, try to write it. And perservere - the hardest thing I found was to complete a script from start to finish. Once you do it once, it gets much easier.



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