CHRISTOPHER E. MARCHANT - 10 Questions
10 Questions from the July 2014 1st Scene Screenplay Winner.
1. What is your SCREENPLAY about?
It's about the toxic relationship between religion and business, and how there are many very powerful people willing to maintain that power through exploitation of the faithful. This is all told through the story of Felipe Morales, a Honduran shop assistant offered a million dollars, in returning for taking the lead role in his companies moneymaking scheme; faking the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
2. Why should your script be made into a film?
Frankly, because it has balls. I'm sick of seeing films in Hollywood without any teeth, that play down the middle of the road in the hope of appeasing every global market and challenging no-one. I'm not afraid to encounter controversy, I'm not willing to self-censor, and I like to think that this can have an invigorating effect on my work and the volatile themes and subject matter I explore in The ACE Messiah
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
Since I was thirteen, so eight years.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
5. What artists would you love to work with?
Cary Fukunaga, I think he's the best young(ish) director out there at the moment.
6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
I've written two original features and one adaptation.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Getting paid to write screenplays.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Only to force myself to stay at the desk. Procrastination is a major problem for me.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
History, world news, soccer (season ticket holder at Chelsea)
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
An honest answer is that I felt a first scene competition was a way of displaying only my stronger elements within the screenplay; the script starts to meander after the first act, which is something I need to work on.
11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
CHRISTOPHER E. MARCHANT