Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Arnon Shorr

An interview with screenwriter Arnon Shorr regarding the Wildsound 1st Scene Writing Competition.

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

A: "Wayfarers" is a post-Apocalyptic sci-fi adventure inspired by the Biblical Exodus story.

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'm getting closer to bringing "Wayfarers" to the screen, so I was curious to hear some of the dialog read aloud. The script was a runner-up a couple of years ago at the Woods Hole Film Festival's screenwriting competition.

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 contest was run very effeciently, from what I could tell.

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'll probably continue writing and tweaking right up until the day we shoot. I rarely outline my scripts, and if I do, it's not a very detailed outline. I do try very hard to understand the story I'm telling from a structural standpoint. Once I know the story's structure, it "writes itself".

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'm a Final Draft guy, mostly because it's easy, but also because it's necessary for efficient pre-production.

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

A: I wish I could write daily. Truth be told, I consider myself a director first, and a writer almost by accident.

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

A: I've got various screenplays in progress. When I get stuck on one, I shelve it, move on to another.

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

A: When I was growing up, I had to write my own screenplays in order to do what I really loved: directing. This past summer, I had the opportunity to direct a feature film that wasn't my own, and discovered that although I appreciate the control of being a writer/director, I very much enjoyed the challenge of bringing someone else's words to the screen.

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

A: I've been in the LA area for a few years. What a difference a few thousand miles make!

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

A: "Wayfarers" is in active development now. Can't say much about it, but I'm hoping to shoot in early-mid 2015...

Posted Sunday, December 7, 2014