Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Dennis Wasitis

An interview with screenwriter Dennis Wasitis regarding the Breaking Walls Writing Competition.

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

A: The Isolated Pawn. It's a new take on the JFK conspiracy told through Lee Harvey Oswald's illegitimate son's point of view.

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 wanted to enter a contest that was genre specific. I also wanted a contest that gave me access to production companies. I've entered other contests, so far not much luck.

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: Very satisfied.

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 outlined. First draft took a month, but I scrapped 90% of it. Second draft through revisions took another six months. There were many drafts/revisions. This is probably the seventh version.

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

A: final draft. Countour.

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

A: Yes. It varies. I have a real job as a lawyer that competes for time.

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

A: In a way. The struggle for me is conceptual. Try a different angle.

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

A: lawyer. Nope.

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

A: Nope. Nope.

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

A: Yep. I now know a lot more about the production process. This one is more budget conscious etc.

Posted Tuesday, May 6, 2014