Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Jeremy Carr

An interview with screenwriter Jeremy Carr regarding the Fade In Writing Competition.

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

A: Perfume & Smoke

Set in the year 1947, "Perfume & Smoke" follows a hard-boiled detective as he searches for an elusive lust murderer, but soon finds himself ensnared in a web of crime and conspiracy, with roots that reach back to his shadowy past.

The style of the script is reminiscent of classic noir films from the forties, but with a more modern and much darker sensibility.

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

A: "Perfume & Smoke" was a Quarter Finalist in both the Nicholl Fellowships and the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Contest. I chose to enter the Fade In Contest because it was the only one I could find that actually had a category for "Film Noir."

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: It took a bit longer than I'd hoped, but the awards did come and an article was posted in Variety magazine, as promised.

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

A: I was given a few pages of feedback which I found to be fairly well thought out and constructive. However, I find the act of interpreting and criticizing someone's writing to be incredibly subjective, and this is the reason that I quit working as a studio script reader a few years ago. Mostly what I gained from the notes was some additional insight on format, which is the bane of every screenwriter's existence.

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

A: Not yet, but it's probably too soon to tell. Of course, every acknowledgement helps.

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

A: I've written nine feature length screenplays and directed over a dozen short films. I began writing early on as a means toward directing (learning how to tell a story) and soon found that I enjoy both for completely different reasons. To me, writing is where all of the hard work takes place, and directing is where the fun begins.

I've also written some short stories that have been published, an online animated series, and a stage play that was produced at the NY Fringe Festival.

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

A: I live in Brooklyn, NY, but am also fond of Los Angeles. The cultures are very different, and what I like about New York is the abundance of independent film production. There also seems to be less concern here with making a profit and more emphasis on making good films.

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

A: Currently I'm busy finishing up my latest short film "Ice Cream Ants" which is in post-production. Afterwards I look forward to getting back to several new scripts that I've started and hopefully finishing a novel that's been in the works for about five years.

If anyone is interested in learning more about my work, please visit my website:

Posted Wednesday, December 28, 2005