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MATT MCMANUS

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MATT MCMANUS

1. What is your screenplay about?

It's an "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" script that focuses on food and weight loss. Mac and Dee run a fitness program at Mac's alma mater, while Frank and Dennis train Charlie for an eating competition.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I feel that the script captures the behavior and attitudes of the show's characters and portrays a likely situation for them. It also includes a gluttonous Philadelphia tradition, the annual Philly Wing Bowl.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I first tried my hand at writing screenplays four years ago.

4. If you have to name only one, what is your all-time favorite TV show?

My favorite is "Seinfeld." I believe it blazed the trail for many current sitcoms.

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

It'd be great to work with Tina Fey. I love what she's done with "30 Rock."

6. Who was your hero growing up?

Branching out from "Seinfeld" and then creating "Curb Your Enthusiasm," I'd say that Larry David was one of my writing heroes.

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

It would be a dream come true if I could be a staff writer on a sitcom in that time, whether it be another person's creation or my own original idea.

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

I start out by coming up with a funny premise that would fit within the template of a show, then I flesh out any B and C stories and figure out how to weave them into the primary story. Writing an outline helps me organize these elements before I start typing the script.

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

I dabbled in acting before I began writing, and I still have an interest in it, primarily in sitcom material, sketch comedy or improv. I'm also a huge football fan, which is why I don't really get any writing done on Sundays between September and January. But the discussions and arguments I have with friends during those Sundays serve as inspiration for material.

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

I read online that the feedback provided for each script submitted to WILDsound was invaluable, and I have to say that it was.

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

Always keep writing. Even if you're just jotting down ideas for a show premise or sketch idea, make sure you're actively using your writing skills, because they'll only get better.




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MATT MCMANUS