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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 Jeremy Carr

An interview with screenwriter Jeremy Carr regarding the SLAM FI Writing Competition.

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

A: The script I submitted is called "Homemaker 3000." It combines science fiction and film noir with a certain degree of humor. Here's the logline:

Alan Schlick never had any luck with women or machines until he purchased a robotic housewife. The “Delightful Doris Homemaker 3000” is everything he ever dreamed of, but cheating on her is the worst mistake he’ll ever make.

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 actually wrote this script many years ago, but never submitted it to any contests. When I read about SlamFi, I realized it was a good fit for their theme, which was science and technology. So I dusted it off, gave it a quick re-write and sent it out, along with some other, more recent scripts which didn't end up winning. That was reveletory in a way.

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 contest was extremely professional, organized, and well-run. They were a little late on their deadlines, but in the end it hardly mattered, and I did receive the prizes they promised without delay.

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

A: The only feedback I received was in person from the judges when I attended the award ceremony. They were very kind, and their compliments were inspiring. Overall, it was more congratulatory than critical.

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

A: I have not been directly contacted by any agents, managers, or producers regarding this script, which is the only criticism that I have of the contest. However, it has helped me to get in the door at various places by having them listed as a credential, and part of the prize was an all-access pass to the Slamdance film festival which I will be attending this January.

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

A: I am an independent filmmaker and have written nine feature length screenplays and one novel, as well as several short scripts, stories and plays. Two of my short stories have been published, a play has been produced, and I've directed a few short films. Currently I am developing a feature length film, from one of my scripts, to direct.

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

A: I've been living in New York City for the past ten years. Every year I announce that I am moving to LA before the next winter hits. But something about New York keeps me from leaving. Life just seems more real here, for better or worse.

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

A: I am working on several new scripts and two novels. I have a hard time focusing on one project at a time. But most of my attention this year will be on directing an independent feature film that I wrote two years ago. The key thing is that I don't consider writing to be a chore, or a get rich quick scheme. I enjoy the process, and if it takes a long time to finish something, so be it.

Posted Monday, December 15, 2003

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