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Writers: If you've finished first, second, or third in any screenwriting competition listed on MovieBytes, we'd like to interview you! First, make sure the contest results for the year you won are posted on MovieBytes, including your name, so we can verify your submission. Then submit our online interview form for that contest. We'll notify you via email when your interview has been posted.

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Scott Cunningham

An interview with screenwriter Scott Cunningham regarding the Script P.I.M.P. Writing Competition.

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

A: The Rise of Fred Amazing - it's about a foul-mouthed, alcoholic, deadbeat dad, retired superhero forced out of retirement to face his lifelong nemesis and redeem his past. And it's a comedy. A pretty funny one, too.

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

A: Just a gut feeling. ScriptPIMP seemed like a cool contest to participate in and it certainly was.

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: Chad Clough runs ScriptPIMP - does a great job with it. The absolute coolest thing was having the award ceremony at the Hollywood Improv. I can't believe that, still! It was a great night and a fabulous way to honor all of the writers who made it to the final round.

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

A: Yes - the feedback was helpful.

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

A: Yes, it has helped. It seems, that for a lot of people, this is just enough third-party validation for them to take the time to read the script.

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

A: I have a background in stand-up comedy and improv, which I did extensively before shifting my focus to screenwriting. I've written quite a few screenplays and teleplays - many of which I am very proud of. At the moment, I'm particularly happy with a Boston Legal spec I wrote, leaning much more toward the comedic side of that show.

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

A: I live in Los Angeles. If it helps, I'm in traffic right now.

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

A: I'm working on a few projects - a family dramedy script with an extremely talented writing partner, rewriting an intense action-drama, and developing a number of other ideas - mostly comedies of one sort or another.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

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