Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Alan Baxter

An interview with screenwriter Alan Baxter regarding the Worldfest - Houston Writing Competition.

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

A: The title of my script is "Alone In A Crowd."

A teenage boy struggles with his autism as he tries to survive high school life.

The story is told from the unique perspective of an autistic teenager. He lives in a world of chaos created by his heightened awareness of light, movement, and sounds.

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

A: The Worldfest script competition has been around for years and it seemed well respected. Also, I entered the Moondance Int'l Film Festival and my script placed as a semi-finalist. I am still waiting to hear back from other contests.

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: Overall, the experience was very rewarding. They met their deadlines and I received my award.

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: The contest has given my script credibility. So far, I haven't been contacted by anyone, but I am hoping to get the script produced in the near future.

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

A: I graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Film and TV Production. I worked as a production assistant on the TV shows "Frasier" and "ER." Currently, I work as an assistant editor on independent feature films and in television.

I have written a feature script and I am working on another short script.

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

A: I am one of the few, born and raised in LA.

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

A: I am writing a short script tackling the controversial illegal immigration issue.

Posted Saturday, May 27, 2006