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.
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