ANDREW FISK - 11 Questions
11 Questions from the June 2014 Feature Screenplay Winner.
1. What is your FEATURE SCRIPT about?
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The main character, Sarah, is a thirty year old doctor. She returns to her home in Seattle to recover from nightmares, depression and nervous breakdowns. She has no idea that she is a Shapeshifter (inherited from her grandmother) about to have her first transformation into the animal side. A group of evil Shapeshifters invades Seattle and uses it as a hunting ground. Sarah is pulled into their world just when she is most vulnerable.
2. Why should your script be made into a film?
The film has terrific imagery, such as the characters diving off cliffs and turning into golden condors just before they hit the water. Who can resist a knockdown drag-out fight between two six-foot tall Amazonian Shapeshifter females (one good, one evil) as they destroy an entire car dealership? I know I can't.
Sarah is funny, brave and completely mystified about what is happening to her. Her transition from victim to powerful panther-woman is compelling. Her enemy, Andreas, the leader of the evil Shapeshifters, is the ultimate sociopath. He makes jokes while committing some horrible act and can turn into a giant wolf in a second. As it turns out, he and Sarah are descended from the same bloodline.
The concept of Shapeshifters, human beings who can turn into animals, exists in every part of the world. It has been around for thousands of years. There is something in our collective unconscious that is fascinated by this mythology of the animal taking control and terrified as well. This movie explores the good and evil sides of being a Shapeshifter.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
Six years. It just seems like forever.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Forrest Gump just crossed the tape slightly ahead of Blade Runner. Those two movies might not seem to have much in common. But I love the wild imagery/music in Blade Runner and the triumph of the innocent in Forrest Gump. It has given us a lot of memorable quotes and Bubba Gump's.
5. What artists would you love to work with?
James Cameron, Katherine Bigelow, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Any one or any combination thereof. To me, this would be the ultimate. As of this moment, their people have not called my people. First, I should probably get some people.
6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
Six feature length screenplays, two television series pilots and nine short scripts (5 to 30 pages). My half-hour script "The Guy Knows Everything" was produced by 386 Films (www.386films.com) in Orlando Florida. It's done very well in various film festivals and even had a special screening at the Sundance Film Festival.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
I would like to live in Los Angeles, be represented by one of the big agencies, churning out my spec scripts. I have notebooks full of ideas that I want to finish and see produced. I'll have to live to at least one-hundred and fifty to get it all finished.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime. I was sitting on my couch ready to (hopefully) brainstorm a hundred story ideas. The first word I wrote down produced images and a story that just exploded in my head. This will be my next project.
Once I have that initial image, I usually know the beginning and ending to my story. It's all that stuff in the middle that's tough. Ideally, I like to start writing early in the morning and get as much down on paper as I can. There are always other commitments so I just have to grab the time whenever it is available. Sound familiar?
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Being outdoors, hiking, kayaking....particularly in the Canadian Pacific where I keep paddling into pods of orcas. Friendly orcas, luckily.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
I've been involved in a number of screenwriting contests. Usually, they announce their finalists and winners and that's it. There's no afterlife.
Being able to add the names of contests that you have won to your resume is nice but the point is to sell them and get them produced.
I like the fact that WILDsound offers such wide exposure on the Internet and so many winners have actually been produced. Also, the feedback from the WILDsound readers/judges has been incredibly helpful.
11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
Successful writers read. A lot. They read the great novels, they read trashy novels, history, psychology, business. They read...everything.
The more you read, the more you know, the more connections your brain makes. You become a more interesting person and a more interesting writer. That's what it's all about.