Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Mara Lesemann

An interview with screenwriter Mara Lesemann regarding the Indie Gathering Writing Competition.

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

A: The script is entitled "The Woman Next Door." It's about an argument between a married couple: the husband is horrified to learn that his wife voted for Bush in 2004. The afternoon takes an unexpected turn when they get a visit from their neighbor, whose husband was killed in Iraq. And yes, to paraphrase "Sullivan's Travels," there's a little sex.

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

A: This script is a bit edgy - more so than my other scripts - and I felt that this was a perfect place to enter it.

I wrote this very recently (May of this year). I've entered a couple of other contests with it, but this is the first that I've won, and only the second to post any results.

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: I was very satisfied with the administration of the contest, and I'm looking forward to attending the festival and seminars in August.

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

A: I was not given feedback, but none was promised.

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

A: Not as yet, but I have contacted several people with the news.

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

A: I've been writing for about 5 years now, and started with stage plays. I've had several one acts produced in festivals. My full-length play had a short run off-off-Broadway last July, with a positive reception.

I wrote one other short screenplay, "Escape From New Jersey," which was a semi-finalisted in the Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition. My full-length screenplay "No Options" was a finalist in the First Glance Screenplay Competion last December under its former title, "Limited Options."

I currently study screenwriting at the New School in Manhattan.

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

A: No, I live in the NY area. I don't plan to move to LA full time, but I would consider splitting my time between the 2 coasts at some point in the future.

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

A: I'm in the middle of writing a short stage play. After that, I plan to start writing a new screenplay; it's a romantic comedy that I've been thinking about for some time.

I also have an idea for a financial thriller, which will probably be the next project after that....

Posted Wednesday, July 19, 2006