KYLE NORWOOD - 2011 FALL/WINTER 1st SCENE Screenplay Finalist
1. What is your screenplay about?
Two men, one who unlocks the secret of immortality and the other who stole it, obsess with destroying each other at every turn in a two-hundred year long rivalry for power, fortune, and the love of the same woman.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a film?
The screenplay is primarily concerned with obsessions. Usually an obsession is a minor inconvenience. We get stuck in an internal feedback loop and then find our way out of it. Sometimes though obsession is completely and utterly destructive. It’s important to know when to let go.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
I made the decision to take writing screenplays seriously eight years ago. I consider that the moment work really began.
4. What film have you seen the most times in your life?
As a ten year old boy I’d watch Airplane! on repeat for as many nights as my mother would allow it. If that doesn’t count: Faces
5. What artist in the film industry would you love to work with?
It would be both an honor and a pleasure to write the words that come out of George Clooney’s mouth.
6. Who was your hero growing up?
When I was young I wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to be one so bad that I went to space camp twice. It was there I learned that astronauts have to be good at math, and that I really just wanted to grow up to be Han Solo. This and Kurt Vonnegut pretty much cover my high-school years.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Writing for TV during the season because I’d like to tell the story of a character over the course of a series rather than 100 pages. During the summer hiatus I’d like to be writing movies.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
The most important tool I use to write is talking to myself. I’ll open a document, pace around the room having fake conversations out loud, and then transcribe those conversations. This can get mighty uncomfortable if the scene I’m writing requires me to be mad at myself, or, worse, to seduce myself.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Science, the bizarre, and rock and roll music. That last one I treat with the same humorless reverence that most people reserve for things that are actually important.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
There was a WILDsound email about the contest waiting in my inbox the moment I got home from my first PA gig in Los Angeles. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Writing is more important than being good at writing. In fact, being good is a natural result of sitting down and putting the hours in.