Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Eugenie Carabatsos

An interview with screenwriter Eugenie Carabatsos regarding the Cinequest Writing Competition.

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

A: My short is called THE YARD. It's a family drama about an elderly woman who hasn't talked or descended the staircase of her two-story home in months. Her adult children are at a loss as to what to do and become distracted by the overgrown mess in the backyard. As they clean up the refuse of their childhood, their mother watches them from above.

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 was interested in the Cinequest Film Festival because many of the reviews I read about it said that they showed a true commitment to honoring and promoting writers. This was certainly the case.

I have entered the script in a few other contests. THE YARD is currently a finalist for the AURA Screenwriting Contest and the Marquee Lights Screenwriting Contest.

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: Everyone was very professional, helpful, and enthusiastic. It was incredibly well-organized. I hope to have the opportunity to go back!

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

A: This script started as an assignment for a screenwriting class. The prompt was, "write a short script that you could actually shoot." So I wrote a script that I could shoot in my apartment and backyard in Pittsburgh.

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

A: I am primarily a playwright. THE YARD is my first attempt in the screenwriting world, and I am looking forward to doing more. I am especially interested in television.

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

A: I am currently pursuing my MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, so I will be here until May 2016. After that, yes.

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

A: I am currently working on a full length play and a TV pilot.

Posted Sunday, April 5, 2015