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PHILIP NAIMAN

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WILDsound 2010 Spring Feature Screenplay Finalist - PHILIP NAIMAN

1. What is your screenplay about?

This screenplay is about a how a former agent for the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service is brought back to infiltrate a radical group planning the assasination of a the Canada's separatist leader.

2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?

It has always intrigued me that Canadians are such a passive nation politically. It bothers me even more that a political party such as the Bloc can whose mandate is the dissolution of the country can even exist. So I this is basically a what if? kind of story.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I have been writing screenplays for almost seven years.

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

I have several movies that I watch over and over THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY and THE GUNS OF NAVARONE top my list.

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

I would love to work with Clint Eastwood.

6. Who was your hero growing up?

My parents were my true heroes. My mother was a Holocaust survivor and my father fought in Europe to liberate Poland and was later a well respected yet humble member in his community. But as a kid a wanted to be the Man with No Name or Gordie Howe.

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

In 5 years I would be thrilled to see one of my screenplays on the screen. I enjoy the career I have chosen but this is a new challenge.

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

My writing process starts with thought - a what would happen if scenerio. I'll start making notes on a pad of paper, develope some characters, "act it out" in my mind and then start making scene cards. Once I have most of the idea in my head I'll start typing it out making it up as I go along. If I hit a snag I'll make more scene cards to see how it pans out. I always know how my story is going to end. It's the getting there that takes forever.

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

I have been a physiotherapist for 28 years and still enjoy what I do but I playing hockeywith my friends is what keeps me sane.

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

The Wildsound Script contest is unique in that it offers feedback, there is the potential to actually see your work acted out and more importantly it is in Canada. This gives my stories an more understanding audience. I was told once, by an American producer, that my stories are quite good but too Canadian.

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

The best advice I can give to screenwriters based on my limited experience is enjoy the process use criticism but never take it personally. You know if you've written something good or bad. Feedback will merely confirm it.



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