Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Michael Ugulini

An interview with screenwriter Michael Ugulini regarding the WriteSafe Writing Competition.

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

A: It's a short screenplay titled 'ICE CREAM. It's a story about a traveling salesman who spends an afternoon on the beach ...serving ice cream with a woman he meets who owns a waterfront stand. He begins to understand the reality of her life as the afternoon progresses. It's really a story about life starting out under often idyllic conditions but not staying that way...the purity and innocence of ice cream on a sunny day...contrasted with the harshness of reality.

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 was entered automatically by WRITESAFE. It hasn't been entered anywhere else.

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: Everything went exactly as they promised!

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

A: No feedback on the actual script was given.

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

A: It's helped me in my own personal marketing...but I have not been contacted by any agents, managers, or producers...I'm not really expecting to be for a short screenplay.

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

A: I just finished my fourth screenplay 'WHIRLPOOL'.

It's about a man who re-examines his life and relationships as he tends to his best friend...who lies in a coma in a Niagara hospital after a daredevil attempt over the Horseshoe Falls.

My three other feature screenplays are in the garbage...they were learning processes.

I have three other short screenplays...not in the garbage.

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

A: I live in Toronto...plan to live here for awhile...unless...!!!!!!

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

A: Yes...I'm working on a new feature-length script titled 'THE COFFEE MERCHANT'...about a purveyor of fine coffees who finds a renewed zest for life as he visits three different cities...the final tour of his career...

I'm dealing with a traveling salesman again...and I don't know why!

Posted Thursday, March 23, 2006