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11 Questions with 2010 Screenplay Finalist

Marcus Pidek

1. What is your screenplay about?

Logline: As the people of Eureka transform into vicious fish creatures, Carter, Henry and Zane race against time to identify the genetic monster and neutralize it before all are transformed and the Department Of Defense NUKES Eureka!

2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?

Sci-Fi is where I live! I finally took a class in writing a TV spec script last fall to understand how to work in the small screen side of the business. Fortunately, Eureka fit the parameters for a successful spec and it was easy to imagine these great characters in a new story of my own.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I discovered my obsession for screenwriting seven years ago. But just spewing out words is not enough. I want to write page turners, so I keep learning my craft.

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

Are you kidding? More like my favorite show at any one time. A very small part of the list would be: McGyver, Quantumn Leap, SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Fringe, All the Trek series, Northern Exposure and, of course, Eureka. Anywhere the imagination has a chance to breathe, surprise and leave us fulfilled.

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

Amanda Tapping!!! She has over a decade in high end Sci-Fi production and she moved on to co produce and star in Sanctuary. She knows what works and has the network to make it happen. Who wouldn’t want to work with a heavy hitter like Amanda Tapping?

6. Who was your hero growing up?

Chuck Yeager – first man to break the sound barrier – the right stuff! Yahoo!!!

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

Writing a big budget feature by commission at a cottage in the Muskokas and brainstorming an amazing TV Pilot with two or three of the best writers in the business. And have time to golf once a month – sometimes I use my putter for a driver on the short holes, good for 120 yards (if I connect).

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

There is nothing, I repeat – nothing, that is regimented or routine about me. Once I get into it, the world around me disappears as I create my own with characters who tell me what they want to say. I can remember a coffee beside me that I made 4 hours ago and forgot about. At that point, it was fine cold. I’m nocturnal by nature and can write till 6 or 8 am. I’ve been getting my head around structure with some success. I outlined a feature with 26 scenes plus sequences and notes in 2 hours, sticking as tightly to the spine as possible. I put down the nuts and bolts of a whole movie in 2 hours while I watched “Holiday”, with Cameron Diaz. I like Rom-Coms, go figure. It took a bit of osmosis and time to stand by structure, knowing that dialogue would follow.

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

These days, considering possible connections between quantum physics and universal consciousness. Didn’t see that coming, did ya?

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

I receive WILDsound’s newsletter and I entered other contests from time to time. I’d love to see my script read by pro actors but the prospect of getting feedback from local pros in the industry for the price of an entry fee was the hook that pulled me in.

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

That’s easy – never stop learning! But more importantly than that, when you discover the perfect/foolproof paradigm/format/formula to write million dollar scripts, remember your buddy Marcus, haha!



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