Screenwriter Pamela Skjolsvik
An interview with screenwriter Pamela Skjolsvik regarding the Pages to Pictures Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: The short screenplay I submitted is titled In the Pink. It's about two people who desperately need one another. Peggy is a divorced housewife who just joined Mary Kay to make money. Robert is a transvestite living in suburbia who needs beauty tips. Robert is Peggy's first customer and she shows up to his house not knowing that he's really a man. A make over ensues, and both people end up getting what they want.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 had originally written this as a short story and my writer's group thought it would be funny as a script. So, I wrote a ten page scene, and then searched online and found the Pages to Pictures contest. What I liked about the contest was the chance to have it made in to a short film. I also entered it into the Duke City Shoot Out and was a finalist in the Common Man category. I was also a quarter finalist in the International Screenwriting Awards contest.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: Yes, deadlines were met. Unfortunately, the winners had to travel to Tahoe to receive their prize and I was unable to attend.Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?
A: Craig Clyde, the judge, had written a few words about each of the finalists. It wasn't much, but those few words meant the world to me!Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?
A: No.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I just finished the first draft of a feature length screenplay with the help of Writer's Bootcamp.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: No, I live in Colorado. My husband and I left California five years ago and we have no intention of moving back, at least not in the immediate future.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I am working on rewriting my feature. I'm attending the Screenwriting Expo in a week.
Posted Thursday, November 3, 2005