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STEVEN MAYOFF

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STEVEN MAYOFF PODCAST - WINNER of the One Page Screenplay Contest of the script THE DIM SUM OF ITS PARTS
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11 Questions with Steven Mayoff. A WILDsound FALL 2008 One Page Screenplay Winner

1. What is your one page screenplay about?

My one-page screenplay is a comedy called "The Dim Sum of Its Parts." It is about a man and a woman on a date in a dim sum restaurant. They have finished a big meal but there is one dumpling left. They each go for it, neither relenting even when a cart lady comes by offering them more. When the cart lady cuts the dumpling in two for them to share the man and woman both lose interest in it.

2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay/What influenced you to enter the WILDsound One Page Screenplay Contest?

I was interested in the challenge of writing a one-page screenplay. I am a fiction writer and have written some postcard stories (500 words or one page). The need for economy is a good exercise for a writer no matter what form you choose to work in. I had already entered the WILDsound feature screenplay contest and I thought this one might be fun. I was also intrigued by the possibility of winning and having my screenplay made into a film. I would hope to learn something from that process.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

Not long. I have written a draft of one feature screenplay earlier this year. It is an adaptation of a novella I wrote, which will be published in book form (along with a collection of my short stories) next spring. I entered it in the WILDsound contest, and even though I did not make it to the finals, I did receive some helpful feedback.

4. What is your all-time favorite MOVIE? (name only one)

Wow, that's a tough one. I would have to say Nashville.

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

I know he's dead, but Robert Altman. He was an amazing director. If I have to pick a living person, I'd have to say... Jason Reitman. I saw him in an interview on TV and he seemed like a cool guy, kind of easygoing, someone who might be fun to work with.

6. How many screenplays have you written?

One (mentioned above). As I said, I normally write fiction (and some poetry, song lyrics and plays). I'm currently revising a novel.

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

With three published books under my belt and a couple of produced screenplays.

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

I write best in the afternoon or evening. I try to get something done every day. I try to be loose about my routine so I don't feel too stuck in a rut. I give myself deadlines (which I meet roughly half the time), just as a way of keeping myself on my toes.

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

Books, films, music. I'm a city boy who has lived in the country (rural PEI) for the past seven years, so I have to say I'm still fascinated by nature. My office window faces a river and a lot of trees, so it is easy to get distracted just by looking out at the view.

10. Why should people vote for your screenplay?

I think it is funny and has something to say about the nature of desire and compromise.

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

There are two virtues to cultivate: patience and perseverance. I believe those are the qualities you need whether you are toiling in obscurity or dealing with the challenges of success.

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