Where do you live (City, State, or Country)?
I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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?
The inspiration for my script, “Fetish”, was a desire to explore the concept of a heroine who did not have supernatural powers but, instead, relied on strength of character against all odds to do the right thing. I wrote a script instead of a novel because I wanted to see how actors would use facial expressions to demonstrate their internal moral struggles with right and wrong. I’m a huge fan of movies from the 40’s and 50’s which excel in capturing emotional conflict through facial expressions.
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?
It took four months to write “Fetish”. My writing process is to close my eyes and imagine a character in a room. My imagination fills in the details about who the character is and where they are. Scenes unfold as the character encounters other characters and moves from place to place. I am especially interested in observing what conflicts arise as the characters interact with one another. I write down everything I see, often in longhand. Later I type the story from my notes using my computer. In short, I start with FADE IN.
What is your ultimate ambition as a writer?
My ultimate ambition is to write a screenplay or TV Pilot that is produced. That way I can get an idea of how the words I write on the page look when translated into a film. I write songs which I make into Animation-Style Music Videos. The Music Videos allow me to see how the lyrics of my songs look when translated into short films.
Was your entry at The Wiki Screenplay Contest a full script or “the first ten pages”? Why did you make that choice?
My Wiki Screenplay Contest was “the first ten pages”. I made that choice because many writing advisors say that the first ten pages are the most important.
What’s your all-time favorite movie or television show...and why?
My favorite television show is “Mad Men” because I like the way music, costumes, and props are used to define the popular culture of the decades covered in the series.
What advice do you have for writers hoping to win a contest or place as a finalist?
Keep applying and, if possible, request feedback.