Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Vicky Neal

An interview with screenwriter Vicky Neal regarding the Open Door/Script Magazine Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: 3rd and Goal is a triumphant drama about the first female quarterback, a tough-as-nails but attractive woman, to get drafted into the NFL. Against all odds, she breaks through prejudices and barriers of her own team, her opponents and the media - and even herself, leading her team to the Super Bowl.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I like Open Door because it is held every quarter and judged by pros in the industry. This was my second time entering the contest with 3rd and Goal. The first time, with a very early draft, I was one of 11 Second Round Finalists.

3rd and Goal has placed in multiple other contests, including RedInkworks Finalist, Scriptapalooza Quarter Finalist, PAGE International Quarter Finalist, Filmmakers International Top 100 and Austin Second Round. Ongoing contests where it has advanced so far include 20/20, WriteMovies.com, Scriptparnership and Writer's Network.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I'm very satisfied. I received most of my prizes within 10 days after notification so they are very prompt with that aspect.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: No feedback.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: I was contacted by one producer after my Second Round Finish the first time. With the marketing that's part of the prize package of placing in the top 3, I have no noubt I'll receive further requests for the script.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I began writing stories 30 years ago as a pre-teen. I've been writing screenplays for about 13 years now. To date, I have 22 completed screenplays of various genres and budgets. I recently received my first production credits on 2 three minute shorts I wrote.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: No. I live across the country. If I became successful, I would consider moving, but no plans at the moment.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm always working on a new script, in-between polishing the many old ones. I have many more ideas to write into screenplays and would also like to write novels.

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2005