John, a likeable, average guy in his mid thirties, leads an uncomplicated life in Toronto until his friends insist on setting him up on blind dates, which never go as planned.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a film?
“Who Needs Enemies...” would be enjoyed by a wide range of viewers because the characters are scarily recognizable, and the situations are ones the viewer could be involved in, but are very glad they aren’t!
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
I have been writing for 10 years; obsessively for 5 years.
4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
“Paper Moon” is one of the few movies I have seen more than once. I saw it for the first time years ago, after a man I met told me I reminded him of “Addie Prey” and, although I am glad as an adult to have some of her qualities, I wasn’t nearly that clever or forthright as a little girl.
5. What artist in the film industry would you love to work with?
Since the WildSound panel compared my writing style to that of Judd Apatow, working with him would be a phenomenal learning experience and an incredible opportunity.
6. Who was your hero growing up?
My Dad, who was killed when I was seven years old along with my Mom, is my hero because he passed on to me his quick, dry sense of humour to ensure my Moms’ side of the family continue to be annoyed by it.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
In five years I would like to be a writer dealing with impossible deadlines; unthinkable budgets; and crazy, successful people.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I am always thinking about characters, scenes and dialogue, and I always have lines and/or a scene planned before I sit down to write. I rarely go a day without creating and/or writing, and I have times where I am completely obsessed with it, which can get in the way of work, or perhaps it is the other way around.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I am a cardio junky and can’t write or function properly without working-out regularly. Boxing is my favourite sport. As an animal behaviourist for 15 years I rehabilitated aggressive and previously abused dogs, so I am a strong supporter of rescue dogs.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
I was researching film fests and the WildSound ad. popped up, so after viewing the website, I decided to go for it. What’s to lose? I’ve definitely spent forty bucks in far less productive ways J
11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
I take the approach of “try everything”. Talk to everyone; research; ask for advice; listen to feedback; submit to everywhere possible; and, in the midst of all this, trust your gut.