Where do you live (City, State, or Country)?
Your script stood out among hundreds of others. What was the inspiration for your story and why did you write a script instead of a short story or a novel?
There were a number of inspirations but what stands out the most is that I wanted to create something in the supernatural realm that felt real. I wanted to explore what this would look like in the real world. Something that makes you think this could happen to you, or your neighbor, or your family. What has people resonating so much with it is how well it straddles the line between horror and crime thriller (and its intensity).
How long did it take you to write your script...and what is your writing process? Do you outline...use index cards...white board...or just start with FADE IN?
Writing the script itself took about a month because of all the background work I do beforehand. I do a lot of excessive background work to start, not only because it helps develop a deep story, but also because it’s a blast. I really dive into the world to create in depth characters. I usually have a concept of the plot that interests me (i.e. what if the devil found a loophole?), and as characters form, I write pages and pages of background on them. At first, it’s an incoherent brain dump. I often never go back to these initial notes. Then I outline their lives and what led them to be involved in what’s about to happen. Then I go back and look at the other characters affected by the main cast, and so on. This is the most fun part for me.
What is your ultimate ambition as a writer?
I want to be writing top-class, high concept screenplays fulltime and to be a show runner.
Was your entry at The Wiki Screenplay Contest a full script or “the first ten pages”? Why did you make that choice?
It was the full script. I didn’t want to submit an unfinished product. I wanted the reader to see how in depth this story is. I also truly want to sell it.
What’s your all-time favorite movie or television show...and why?
Right now, in this moment, Spy Game. Everything is right about it. It’s so sharp and engaging. It’s an intelligent film.
What advice do you have for writers hoping to win a contest or place as a finalist as you have?
Ego is the number one thing that prevents us from progressing. We shouldn’t be offended if someone doesn’t like it, but rather, see where it needs to be improved to make it sellable or your best writing sample.
What else are you working on that the world needs to know about?
Right now, I’m working on a high octane sci-fi spy thriller. This is the most fun project I’ve worked on yet.