Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Carrie Ann Lee

An interview with screenwriter Carrie Ann Lee 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: "WAITING FOR MR. GODFREY" is a story about an awkward adolescent girl, who befriends a large-nosed elderly man, who rides her bus. She is a talented sprinter for her school's track team and unbeknownst to her, Mr. Godfrey was a champion hurdler in his day. Troy lends an ear and assistance to this lonely man that no one will talk to; and Mr. Godfrey helps her to not only break a city record in the hurdles, but to realize her own self-worth. A true story.

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

A: After investigating this particular contest, I felt that my story would be appreciated by them. They also offered feedback.

I sent this story to one other contest and it is still in the running. I am waiting to hear how it did.

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: The Gimme Credit contest followed through as promised and yes, they did meet their deadlines. I thought the tee-shirt they sent was great, but my teenagers keep borrowing it and I hardly ever get to wear it. The script fasteners are great and I have already used them for a Feature Screenplay that I recently sent off.

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

A: I was given feedback and it was helpful.

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

A: It has only been a short while since the contest, but I will definitely use my placement in this contest to my advantage.

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

A: My plays have been produced throughout the greater Puget Sound area of Washington. "FINAL AUDITION" made it to the finals at Moondance in 2002. "TWICE UPON A TIME" won in its category at Moondance in 2004. "CAKE AND CONVERSATION" made it through the first three rounds of judging at The British Short Screenplay contest. "WAITING FOR MR. GODFREY" took 3rd in this one, Gimme Credit Contest and most recently "NO MORE SPIDERS" was in the top five of the Bulldog Productions at Yale Univ.

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

A: I can see Mt. Rainier to the east, the Olympic Mt. range to the west, and Puget Sound just a short walk to the south. I am surrounded by green grass, pine and magnolia trees and I don't have to lock my doors. I have no desire to move to California.

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

A: Presently, I am working on a romantic comedy entitled, "WALK WITH ME." It is a story about a woman who suspects her husband of being unfaithful and uses magic to spy on him.

Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2006