Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Billy Maddox

An interview with screenwriter Billy Maddox regarding the Gimme Credit Writing Competition.

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

A: It's called The Deceptive Detective, and it's about five pages long.

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 like my contests like my women.

Grammatically incorrect.

This was the first time, but I get the feeling it won't be the last.

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: As long as I'm paid, you'll hear no complaints from me. Fifty a day, plus expenses.

But cross me, and that's another kettle of fish.

Like the ones you'll see swimming around your ankles on the floor of the Hudson, if you catch what I'm drifting.

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

A: Feedback is for the weak.

I didn't ask, and they didn't offer.

I look at your feedback, and I see nothing but a black hole filled with the sorrows of yesterday.

A hole to a void.

Feedback?

I don't need no stinking feedback.

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

A: Where the hell do you market a five page script?

I was beginning to think this whole thing was a sham, a fraud, a forgery, a fairy tale.

Who would contact me, and why?

Tell me that, and then we'll both know more than we did five pages ago.

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

A: I was born on a dark and stormy night on the wrong side of the tracks with a plastic spork in my mouth.

The usual cliches.

But it wasn't yesterday, and I had a pretty good grip on the rails of that turnip truck.

So if you're asking if I'm a virgin, well...

Let's just say I've been around the block but I can pretend if that'll make you feel more like a man.

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

A: The city of angels has been my home since I was a cherub.

And that was a long time ago, my friend.

A long time ago.

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

A: Wherever there's a contest that desperate writers enter, I'll be there. Wherever there's a suit givin' notes, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're blocked - I'll be in the way writers laugh when they're hungry an' they know residuals comin.' I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of one little screenwriter don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Some day you'll understand that, along with my lack of attribution. Here's looking at you kid.

Posted Thursday, August 24, 2006