BILL CLARK - 10 Questions
10 Questions from the March 2014 1st Scene Screenplay Winner.
1. Why should your script be made into a film?
With the ozone hole still over Antarctica there's nothing to block the huge amount of high-energy ultraviolet radiation that would happen from a direct hit by a solar flare. The penguins and all other wildlife down there would go blind and soon become extinct.
2. How long have you been writing screenplays?
3. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
The SciFi Channel mini-series Dune
4. What artists would you love to work with?
Ethan Suplee, Erika Christensen, John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Catherine Bell
5. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
Five going on fifty by the time you count all the drafts that morphed into completely new screenplays along the way
6. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Reading a novel (I have such severe dry eye I'm legally blind most of the time), one of the Dune books by Frank Herbert
7. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I get maybe 3-4 hours a day of writing time, on a good day with my eyes. If I'm not working on a rewrite I'm working on some other project. I love satire; political, social - psychology, philosophy. Just write, every day, lots. I found my "voice" ranting about politics on the web; you never know when or where you'll find yours.
8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Back when my eyes still worked I was a consulting engineer in the construction business. My big thing was energy conservation. I even wrote a textbook for McGraw-Hill called "Retrofitting for Energy Conservation." Back home in Austin I had a radio show, "BTU Bill's Energy Tips," and a regular newspaper blurb on saving energy.
9. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
All the nice people there... I've tried all the inexpensive reading services around to get feedback on my screenplays, to learn and improve my writing skills. WildSound has by far the most consistently helpful comments of anybody I've seen, even the top-dollar gurus. I spent years going in circles with all the other reading services, making no progress; you'd do their changes, and more often than not the material would get worse marks on the next coverage. That never happened with the WildSound people. I trust their comments, and they always help improve the material in a meaningful way... I never figured I might actually place in the contest. OMG, what do I do now? Where are my notes? I have to fix something!
10. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
Don't trust everything they tell you about your material when you hire readers to do notes on your screenplay. For sure do the most obvious things they recommend; but forget about any extreme or biased changes they want; most of all, don't ever change too much at one time before you get new coverage. If somebody really rips your work without cause you have every right to complain; I do that a lot; sometimes in the middle of a rant I even stumble on a new plot point to plug in. Don't let the peons take your f-ing fire away!