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CARLOS FUNES - 2011 FALL/WINTER 1st SCENE Screenplay Finalist

1. What is your screenplay about?

On the surface, it's about a man who is lost in the middle of nowhere who struggles to survive. At it's core it's a sci-fi experience about a team of black operatives who are trying to save their country. This proves to be somewhat of an unwinnable quagmire since they're unable to communicate with headquarters behind enemy lines as all radio transmissions are blacked out.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a film?

I personally am fascinated with communication and how the lack their of can lead to suspenseful scenarios. Suspense being one of those elements that can turn a normal movie into something more cinematic. Apart from that that my intention is to build a sci-fi trilogy based around energy wars in the future. At a time where oil is no longer our main energy source.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I've been writing screenplays since 2002. I wrote my first script called "Rollers" which was about bicycle cops running amok in the city. They bought drugs, broke laws and harassed people. It was a comedy and right about that time Super Troopers and Reno 911 came out. So, I just left it alone. Plus, I was unhappy with the structure at the time. But, looking back at it years later... I would love to see that script as a movie... the structure is a little loose but still fine.

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

I don't know. I've seen many films many times. If you asked me at 9 years old it would've probably been something like Commando. At 16 maybe Reservoir Dogs. Today, there's too many to mention. But, basically anything Kubrick, Capra, Coppola, Scorsese, DePalma, Spielberg, Verhoeven was probably seen alot.

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

Actor Billy Cruddup would be really cool to work with. Robert Richardson the DP would be great too. There's obviously going to be a long list for a question like this.

6. Who was your hero growing up?

Growing up my best friend was my hero. He's the reason I wanted to make films as he was a filmmaker too. We made alot of awesome home movies.

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

Directing feature length pictures.

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

I don't have a routine... unless coffee shops is a routine. Then, ya. The projects I write however need inspiration. Particularly if you're going to spend months and years writing and possibly filming it.

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

Directing is what I'm passionate about. When I was younger I wanted to be a writer, but I felt it still wasn't enough. So, directing is what I prefer. That is more than enough.

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

I actually searched for a contest where you can enter the first scene or first few pages of a feature script. And it lead me here.

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

I can't really say what other writer's should do... but, I can tell you what I don't like. First, stop writing stuff where within the first few pages someone wakes up and is late for work / meeting / school. That's more of preference than a tip. Second, structure is everything. Even weak dialogue can get made into a movie if you have good structure. Finally, I am attracted to ideas that I feel have never been done before. Though it's impossible to be original, I think it's possible to be rare.




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