Made In China is a comedy about fireworks coming to life! It focuses on the adventures of one zany firecracker with seemingly rediculous ambitions amidst the 4th of July, constantly getting itself in 'over its head' as is struggles for fulfillment.
2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?
The first reason is it just made me laugh every time I would think about it. Second, I always told myself that if I ever expect someone to believe in my abilities to write a decent story of longer length and with more advanced adult topics, I better prove first that I can tell a story with themes that would appeal to kids AND adults within a very short time frame. Its a big challenge because children seem to have the most difficult attention span to lock on to. If I pulled it off I knew it would make me better.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
This is my first competitive screenplay, but I have been taking my writing seriously and tinkering with stories of my own for about 2 years now while really trying to learn and develop my views and opinions on how to write well.
4. What is your favorite MOVIE show of all-time?
Im gonna say "Boogie Nights". PT Anderson can move a camera like no one else, among many other things.
5. What artist in the film industry would you love to work with?
Mike Myers. Joaquin Phoenix. Theres many.
6. Who was your hero growing up?
My family is full of hero's. However one that deserves particular attention is Suzanne Erskine, a big sister to me who passed last year.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
I plan on shooting a few more short films of my own in the near future and finishing a couple feature length screenplays im fairly certain will sell. So in five years I see myself having some good leverage to my name as a writer and having directed a feature while running the festival circuits!
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I usually just write towards the evenings. I have a method/routine, but im still tweaking it. It works around having a kind of notebook, like a 'thought diary' where for the first while I just pour every thought and idea into it. Eventually I stop once I feel like I have enough to go with and I start putting together a rough outline. From there, I just keep playing with what I got until it feels great!
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Ever since I was about 14 I have been fascinated with magic. Not so much the gaff's and fake cards, but the sleight of hand magic and the stuff that really blows people away because its real. I also really enjoy photography from my time working as a photo journalist and a shooter for hire in Vancouver.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
I felt really good about the script when I finished so I figured if I am going to compete at all, I wanted to do it with the best. I did an internet search and was brought fairly quick to WILDsound. The main attraction was obviously getting feedback on my script. Even if I was entirely wrong and my script bombed I would still get something from the contest that was helping to make me (and my script) better.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Im fairly new to writing myself, so ill call this a tip that I THINK is worth hearing. Be selfish. What I mean is always write for yourself at first. Never try to create something you think others are going to want when you aren't entirely certain you want it as well. Its like being the musician, the song they play is what they want to hear. You have to be a fan of your own work basically.