WILDsound Screenplay Finalist Q&A
WILDsound Interview regarding being a finalist for my short screenplay "The Last One".
1. What is your screenplay about?
My screenplay is about the lack of awareness and carelessness of the world's current population. As the world becomes more crowded, our need to consume becomes greater. Earth does not become larger yet we still consume more and more. What happens when we run out of resources and oxygen? This screenplay is a wake up call.
2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?
I first came up with the idea to this screenplay as I saw one person litter. When I asked them why they didn't recycle, they responded "One time isn't going to hurt. Besides, who cares anyway." This dug into my deepest nerve as I realized it was a current trend in the general population's belief. This inspired me to propel my disgust via a screenplay, in a manner that might twist the reader's mind into a paranoia of the world ending overnight if changes weren't made to the people's perception on pollution.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
I penned my first sentence almost three years ago knowing absolutely nothing about screenwriting and it's imperative structure requirement. "The Last One" is my second piece and first short film written over a year ago, followed behind a feature I'm currently rewriting for the third time titled "The Happy Pill"
4. What is your favorite MOVIE show of all-time?
Braveheart. Being an extreme nerd, especially in the world of medieval history, in my belief, Braveheart does it all. It's realistic; not torn apart by Hollywood commercialism. It keeps the viewer happy for every scene as every scene is flawless in it's own way. The writing is so unique and well written that it sets the tone for any other medieval film that might attemp to better it. Most medieval films are made with lack of structure or emphasizing on the wrong aspects, or remakes, which, in my opinion, should NEVER happen! Braveheart is an all around sound story from front to back with an ending not watered down by Hollywood's scrutenizing. (Oldboy is a close second... ;)
5. What artist in the film industry would you love to work with?
Danny Boyle, Chan Wook-park, Daniel Day-lewis, Denis Lavant, John Murphy. If you don't know who they are... Know who they are!
6. Who was your hero growing up?
Drizzt Do'urden from the Dark Elf trilogy. He's pretty much my clone in the world of fantasy.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
I've been working my ass off to gain enough exposure and respect in this business to gain the knowledge, experience, clout, and connects to make my own medieval trilogy which will require quite a budget. Once people understand the route I'm taking as an artist and I gain the proper fan base, I would love to gain the funding to bring life to this new breed of filmmaking without the creative control being yanked from my hands by people yearning to gain profit over great art and life changing stories.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I usually get a great idea and build on it, following alternate possible routes in my head while deciding if it's a project worth spending months of research on. I also think about how largely it will affect the world for the better and how large of a fan base I might be able pull in from it. It's also a matter of budget since I film my own projects. Too large of budget, no can do (for now.)
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Acting, filmmaking, photography, comic books, video games, medieval history, art.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
Feedback, feedback, feedback! Every other festival is out to rob us starving artists and barely give us a pat on the back, even if we place in the finals. No feedback, no way ti better your work.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Pick a topic that will help the world in some way. Be precise. Watch a LOT of movies! Read a LOT of published screenplays! Know your genre. Know your audience. Be DIFFERENT!
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