In Dover Township, a sleepy community nestled deeply in the Midwestern farmlands, a busy day for the Sheriff usually involves issuing several traffic citations and breaking up an occasional group of teenagers drinking beer behind the High School. On this seemingly ordinary, hot summer night, the Sheriff and townsfolk must confront the unthinkable; something evil has found its way to Dover.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a film?
Demons Unawares is a return to traditional horror, creating scares through supernatural elements, suspense, and truly unsettling situations – not just another empty exercise in brutality that seem to permeate the horror genre as of late.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
I have been writing screenplays on and off again for the past 8 years.
4. What film have you seen the most in your life?
While I am a giant fan of the classic Universal Monsters and view them frequently, I would have to say I have seen The Godfather the most; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly would be a close second.
5. What artist in the film industry would you love to work with?
Guillermo del Toro.
6. Who was your hero growing up?
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
I would like to see my balance of working / writing tilted more in the direction of writing, becoming less dependent on my “day” job.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
My first step is to take an idea and expand upon it in the form of a 3-5 page treatment; at this point, I begin to identify the story structure, characters and plot. It is worth noting that this is also the point where I have abandoned many ideas because I did not like the direction the story took, or simply did not feel strongly enough about continuing.
My next step is to take the treatment and create a StoryView outline of it; this enables me to further breakdown the story into its most basic elements and begin to see how it “all fits together.” This step can be lengthy, but I have found that the extra time spent organizing the story prevents problems down the road when writing the actual script.
Now the real fun begins; with a script “blueprint” in hand, I am free to focus on setting up the scenes and finding the characters voices. I truly enjoy this phase; the freedom to develop an alternate reality inhabited by characters I created is empowering.
After completing the first draft, its time to review and rewrite as needed…
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Movies. Lately I have been in a sci-fi / horror of the 1950’s and 1960’s phase.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
I feel strongly about the beginning of the script I have been working on (Demons Unawares) and wanted to get some feedback.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Feel strongly about the story you are trying to tell; if you’re not interested or don’t believe in the story, its going to be hard to make anyone else feel that way.