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Adam Kennedy
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11 QUESTIONS with Adam Kennedy - Feature Screenplay Finalist

1. What is your screenplay about?

1. What is your screenplay about? The series follows the journey of Dick Grayson from average student to Robin to Nightwing. In the pilot, Dick, an acrobat during the summer with his parents, begins school at Crestwood Academy, a prestigious private school just down the road from the shuttered and mysterious Wayne Manor. A scholarship student, he is quickly labeled "the circus boy" and is publicly humiliated by the school jock. Offered the chance to get even, Dick gets into an unexpectedly dangerous situation that ultimately puts him on a collision course with destiny.

2. Why should your script be made into a film?

While there have been a number of past successes with the Batman franchise on the big screen, the Batman universe is so vast that a television treatment truly is the best way to explore the entirety of the mythos. My goal is to show the paths of not only Dick Grayson, but Barbara Gordon, Helena Bertinelli, Tim Drake, and other lesser-known heroes in the Batman universe while also revealing the origins for each villain in Batman's Rogues Gallery. This content alone could create countless story arcs that could only adequately be explored on TV.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

About 4 years though it's really only picked up in the last couple years.

4. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Gotta be a tie between the original "Star Wars" trilogy and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". Those films were constantly on repeat in my house while growing up! But the movie I enjoy watching most now would probably be "Dead Poets Society". So many great lines in that movie!

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

God, where do I start? There are so many talented people out there but I'd probably want to work with Bruce Timm, considering the pilot I have submitted to this contest. His work on the "Batman: The Animated Series" has informed much of my approach to "Gotham Nights" and I'd love to pick his brain and work with him as I craft the show and any other future writing projects. And just because I've got to throw him in too- Aaron Sorkin. His screenplays are like a 5-course meal and I'd love to get inside his head.

6. How many screenplays have you written?

I wrote a short superhero miniseries in university but "Gotham Nights" represents my first true foray into proper screenplay writing. I've since written another TV pilot for comedy but, yeah, still pretty new to all of this.

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

Staff writer for "Arrow" or a series like it with a show of my own on its way to production.

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

Not really. I'm still developing one but, when inspiration strikes, an outline is a must. I find my creativity gets stifled if I jump straight into Final Draft. Once the outline is how I like it, I head into the larger task of creating words to go along with it. The outline is the hardest part for me and can take me a couple weeks if I really focus. But, once I get it, I can generally finish a script within a week of on-and-off writing. I find mornings are best for creativity too.

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

Well, I'm currently living in northern Japan as an ESL teacher and part of what drove me here was a desire to see the world. So travel is a big passion. I love learning about different cultures and languages and often pull inspiration for my stories from these experiences. If pictures are worth a thousand words, experiences are worth a million in my opinion. I'm also a passionate community builder. I love investing my time into an area and reaping the benefits that come with that. It's a trait I like to carry over into my writing as well since I think all the best TV shows center on communities that we as viewers would like to be a part of. Otherwise, I'm a big skier and love to play curling! And Go Sens Go!!!

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

I got an email about it around the time I was looking for a festival that would accept material partially based on 3rd-party content. So WILDsound seemed like a natural fit for me and, being a Canadian with connections to Toronto, I thought I'd give it a shot! Glad I did too!

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

Trust your gut. If you've got an idea that you think is good, write it. If you are reading a scene and something just doesn't feel right, change it. Always be completely honest with yourself and try to be as objective as possible when writing. We may not all be writing with commercial goals but, on some level, you will be writing for an audience. Consider that there will be viewers who know everything there is to know about your subject and others who will know absolutely nothing at all! Balance the content for both crowds and you're sure to have a crowd-pleaser. But the biggest tips I have to offer is: finish! Even if it is really bad, has no structure, and is 50 pages too long- just finish the script! Getting something down from beginning to end is an accomplishment in and of itself. And revision is the easier task anyway. Finally- this may be self-evident but- write what you love! If you do that, you'll have that first draft done in no time!

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