Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Andrew Quinn

An interview with screenwriter Andrew Quinn regarding the StoryPros Awards Writing Competition.

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

A: American Buddha

Tibet meets Tinseltown when the next Buddha is born in Hollywood. Now an unhappy monk must guide an aloof American girl to enlightenment.

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've entered the full monty with this script, about a dozen of the more reputable contests. So far, three placements as a finalist and one win for comedy.

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: StoryPros has been great. Prompt, professional communication every step of the way. So far they have delivered everything as promised.

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

A: No outlines. To my own detriment, I free flow. As a result, and in part because this was an ambitious story, it took two years and many, many, many revisions.

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.

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

A: When I'm in the heat of battle on a story, I write obsessively... at home, at work, on napkins at restaurants, on my iPhone, and sometimes on TP in the biffy.

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

A: Not yet. In fact, I would say I get writers flood, where too many ideas about too many things bombard my mind.

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

A: Author of the novel Waterfall Dance, which is currently being pitched by a producer for the film adaptation.

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

A: No. No.

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

A: There are a half-dozen stories I'd like to tell before dying. I'm 52. Two of these stories are done.

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014