Where do you live (City, State, or Country)?
San Diego, CA (USA)
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?
I am a writer/director. Korean Shooter is a short script that I wrote as part of my in-progress feature of the same name, which I hope to direct. I am biracial (Korean/Caucasian) and my Korean grandfather inspired this project. I also enjoy sports and stumbled across the little known sport of competitive air pistol shooting. Korea excels in the sport, in part due to its mandatory military service, and my protagonist and antagonist competed in it at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
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?
I believe outlining is essential to creating a coherent and properly structured story. As a result, I outlined this short so it would have a three-act structure with breaks and key plot points despite being only 11 pages. I’ve been thinking about the ideas behind Korean Shooter for several years but finally began write it a few months ago. I outlined the short in a month and then it took another month of writing. I am now working on the feature-length script.
What is your ultimate ambition as a writer?
My ambition is to be a produced writer/director and hope that Korean Shooter will be my first feature film. I have written and directed a few award-winning short films and music videos but I have not yet produced a feature film. I am committed to doing that within the next 2 years.
Was your entry at The Wiki Screenplay Contest a full script or “the first ten pages”? Why did you make that choice?
“The first ten pages” because it is just an 11-page script.
What’s your all-time favorite movie or television show...and why?
Very tough to answer. I love television (Mad Men, Curb, etc) but drawn more to film for my own work. Ultimately, Parasite and Good Time are my favorite films. I have long been a big fan of Bong Joon Ho so it was very exciting to see his work breakthrough in the U.S. market, and I feel that the Safdie Brothers are the best directors of my generation.
What advice do you have for writers hoping to win a contest or place as a finalist as you have?
Good writing is difficult and often a lonely occupation. I find that sticking to a daily routine (meditation, exercise and writing at a set time every day) results in the best mindset for productive writing.
What else are you working on that the world needs to know about?
I also created DIMEBAG, a surreal adult animated show that explores quarter-life crisis – a period of uncertainty, stress and deep soul-searching that many young people experience in their 20s and early 30s. The pilot script won several contests and I have worked with an animation company to develop character designs and a fully animated teaser. We are in ongoing discussions with managers and producers, and hope to sell it to a streaming or premium cable company.