WILDsound 2010 Spring Short Screenplay Finalist - RANDY BROWN
1. What is your screenplay about?
A man is shaken to the core after witnessing a horrific crime and flees for his life in this twisted tale of morality. Given a second chance, this Good Samaritanreacts with surrprising determination, damning any repercussions. Is his aggression justifiable after his previous inaction?
2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?
Two reasons. 1) I have been writing feature length scripts and t.v. pilots trying, I guess, to hit the proverbial 'home run'. They take a lot longer to write and I have not seen any real success with them yet. 2) I wanted to see if I could engage people in a shorter period of time with a powerful and provocative piece. Ithink this will leave audiences 'buzzing'.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
I started writing in 2007 after a Mexican vacation. There was rioting and protesting in a city that was only two hours away from the resort. I kept on thinking 'what if that choas descended down to the resort area?' The result is ALL INCLUSIVE, my feature screenplay about a hostage taking at a Mexican resort.
4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. An Italian epic spaghetti western.
5. What artist in the industry would you love to work with?
Paul Gross. I have written a feature called HOCKEY NIGHT IN MUSKOKA that he would be perfect for. Loved his work on Due South and Men With Brooms.
6. Who was your hero growing up?
My dad. He taught me how to play several sports, took me to practices and watched all my games. The first time I saw him cry was when I won a medal in swimming.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
I would like to be on set for the production of my 3rd feature screenplay after the first two reach some meaningful level of acclaim. I would still be running a retail store with my wife Henny but with a little bit of money in the bank.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Retail life does not often offer me a set routine. I am more of a 'write what you know' writer at this point. One idea came from a vacation, another while watching the Toronto Maple Leafs practicing in Gravenhurst. When I get stuck, I may enjoy a few pints to let my mind wander. I write the next day when it becomes apparent which if any of those new ideas has any validity.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
My wife, family and travelling. Every now and then I get to combine all of those. I enjoy sharing new experiences.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
Feedback. No means no. Silence means no. Even yes can mean no in this industry. But there is never any feed back. I have received wonderful feedback from WILDsound on my two features. I would love to have GOOD SAMARITAN read out loud by actors on the stage at the National Film Board of Canada and receive any and all the feedback from the live audience.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Copyright your work. Network and talk about your scripts. I have been to some pitching events and everyone is so guarded. If you don't promote you own screenplay, no one else will know how good it is.