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11 Questions with 2010 Screenplay Finalist

RANDY SUMERAJ

1. What is your screenplay about?

Fishing with Dynamite is about a gang of violent big-city crooks who are forced into hiding at an isolated country cabin.

2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?

I don't think it was ever a decision. I had the basic story banging around in my head for a few years. I worked on other projects in the meantime, but my mind kept coming back to this one. As the themes started to emerge I really got hooked and I knew this was a story I had to tell.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I wrote three hour-long episodes for a TV project in 2002, and my first feature-length in 2003.

4. What is your favorite MOVIE of all-time (name only one and explain why it's on top)?

No question - Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (written by David Webb Peoples). It's a film that takes its time bringing the audience where they so desperately want to go. I savour every action, every line of dialogue, as it all illuminates the climax. A very entertaining and interesting look at the effects of violence - not just on the victims but on the perpetrators.

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

Oliver Stone. He doesn't get enough credit for bringing expressionism back into serious films. His work always excites me and I'd love to collaborate with him.

6. Who was your hero growing up?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be Bugs Bunny. Alas, that dream went unrealized.

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

Established as a writer, working with the freedom to develop my own film and television projects.

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

I work late at night. After I'm done interacting with people, reading, watching TV for the day, basically after I'm done inputting stimuli. I like a dark place, with either the sounds of nature or with some music on the headphones. Then it's just me and my laptop (or sometimes a pen and paper) and it's time for output.

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

Music, travel, reading, film, family, friends and food.

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

I love the live readings. There is nothing like having your work performed in front of an audience.

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

Finish your projects! Don't let them languish and don't spend your entire adult life crafting a "perfect" screenplay. Themes are fleeting, enthusiasms wane and life is always changing. Whether you're writing for your own enjoyment or trying to take something to market, the world has no use for an unfinished story.



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