Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Alexandra Stafford

An interview with screenwriter Alexandra Stafford regarding the Red Inkworks Writing Competition.

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

A: It's called "Just May" and is about a lonely orphan who, as a young woman, falls into a romance with an unlikely lover. It's set mostly at a seaside inn and has a somewhat gothic feel to it even though it mainly takes place in the early sixties.

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 had previously entered an early draft in a couple of other contests. It didn't place however I did receive encouraging feedback.

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: Yes. Red Inkworks is more of script evaluation contest. They list you on their website and I believe are in the process of promoting their winners on another website.

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

A: Yes. I had entered another script of mine last year and the feedback I received was very helpful. That's one of the main reasons I entered Just May this year.

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

A: I haven't been contacted for this particular script by anyone yet. I am seeking representation and am working on the marketing part. Placing third is encouraging and will hopefully help.

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

A: I majored in journalism and later earned a two year screenwriting certificate from UCLA. Just May is my second screenplay. I've been a finalist and placed third in other competitions with my first screenplay, Dark Age, a teen horror with a sci-fi bent.

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

A: Yes, I was born and raised in Hollywood and still live in the Los Angeles area which is extremely helpful.

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

A: Currently I'm working on my second and third screenplays. One is a teen horror set in the world of dance and the other is a ghostly coming of age adventure story. I'm also outlining a romantic comedy with a fantasy twist and just started researching an idea for a mystery so I'm keeping busy!

Posted Saturday, October 28, 2006