Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Ben Fiore

An interview with screenwriter Ben Fiore regarding the Abbreviated Screenplay Writing Competition.

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

A: "On a Dark Street" is a thriller about two brothers whose attempt at covering up a fatal hit-and-run accident has bizarre consequences.

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

A: has been very useful in determining the legitimacy of a particular contest. An Abbreviated Screenplay Contest was highly rated and the distinguished panel of judges was the key reason I entered. In 2001, and early draft of the script was entered into Fade In Magazine's Short Screenplay Competition where it scored as a 'Quarterfinalist'. That same year, the American Gem Short Screenplay Contest recognized it with an 'Honorable Mention'.

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: Absolutely. It was run quite professionally. Deadlines were met and I received my award, Final Draft 7, promptly. I was thrilled to be chosen as 'second place' out of entries from all over the world.

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

A: The feedback phase hasn't come my way yet, but I certainly welcome it.

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

A: As of yet, I have not been contacted by any agents or producers, but I welcome their inquiries and look forward to them.

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

A: I am a recently retired NYC Police Officer and have been taking the craft of screenwriting seriously for the last nine years. My credits include several short screenplays which have been developed into compelling films, two of which have been official selections of three major New York film festivals. I have several feature length screenplays and two TV series treatments to my credit as well. One is about the now defunct, NYC Transit Police (subways) of which I was a member.

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

A: I'm a born and raised New Yorker and I don't have any plans to move to Los Angeles, although I am very fond of the city and would like to visit again soon.

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

A: I am currently developing "On a Dark Street" into a feature length screenplay and so far it's looking great! I hope to get the word out to agents and producers who are looking for a solid thriller.

Posted Tuesday, July 25, 2006