Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Scott Hotaling

An interview with screenwriter Scott Hotaling regarding the ScriptVamp/Attention Grabber Writing Competition.

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

A: The title is Somebody To Remember.

It's about an aging former boxing champion who trains a mentally disabled teenager to fight in the National Golden Gloves Tournament.

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

A: To get honest and helpful feedback on my script. This was the first screenplay contest I've ever entered. I feel very fortunate to have done this well.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I was very satisfied with the contest. I received the results, my prize package, and very helpful feedback on time.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: This was the second draft of the script. I've been working on the project for about two months.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Movie Magic Screenwriter

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I try to write every day, even if it's only for 15 minutes.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: When I get writer's block, I just jot down every idea I can think of until I get one I like. What's important in the process is that no idea is wrong or bad. It's important to believe that you'll come up with an idea you'll like eventually, even if it takes several hours or days.

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

A: This is the second script I've written.

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

A: I don't have any plans to move there at the moment.

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

A: I'm currently working on a script about a timid boy who travels to Shadow Mountain to find a cure for his ailing father.

Posted Saturday, January 5, 2013