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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 Lorenzo Colonna

An interview with screenwriter Lorenzo Colonna regarding the CrowdSource Studios Writing Competition.

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

A: My script is called "NINE" and it follows the vendetta of three homicidal brothers as they kill people and pose their bodies in remakes from scenes of 80’s movies. But the clock is ticking because an angry drug-addicted Sheriff and a crazy lunatic FBI agent are hunting them down.

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 entered the CrowdSource Studios contest because of the concrete possibility of turning my script into a movie. I submitted "Nine" to other contests. It received an incredibly positive review from one of the Nicholl readers and it was sent to two other readers. Unfortunately, their reviews weren't high enough, so it didn't become a quarter-finalist.

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: The people at the CrowdSource Studios are great. Robert Lawton is an amazing guy and I hope to work with him in the future.

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

A: I didn't write an outline and it took me a week to complete the vomit draft, but I wrote ten other drafts before submitting it to the contest.

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

A: I use Fade In Pro to write all of my scripts.

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

A: I write every day but Sundays from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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

A: I think writer's block is nothing to be worried about. It happens to all of us. I just do something that keeps me and my mind away from my laptop and the script I'm writing.

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

A: I worked as an IT consultant for 20 years. I have been writing since I quit my daily job and I wrote eight feature scripts and ten TV pilots so far.

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

A: I live in a small town in Italy, but I have no problems moving to L.A.

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

A: I've been outlining a new movie that I want to write in the next few months and I'm thinking to rewrite one of my first TV pilots.

Posted Saturday, April 22, 2017

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