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ELAN CARLSON - 10 Questions

10 Questions from the September 2014 1st Scene Screenplay Winner.

1. What is your screenplay about?

Two quirky immigrant rail hands put their lives on the line when they commit to the most bizarre act ever in the early West:

When their fishing village is invaded by brutal immigrant thugs, a Chinese family of three females runs for secret shelter, asking help back to China from a pair of bickering Scottish and Irish rail hands who work a remote railroad spur and breakfast on beans and beer. Smitten by La Ling's strength and beauty, Haggis twists Ketch's terrified arm until he agrees to help. Now, all terrified, they join together undercover and set forth in a survival of scheming, conniving - whatever it takes.

2. Why should your script be made into a film?

The five lead characters come together in a time of history and drama where they create secret shelter and live to discover, nurture and bond in unique relationship -- growing the strength and trust to support the mission of what their love will demand. A story that can embrace the audience in personal resolution.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

14 years.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?


5. What artists would you love to work with?

Ben Affleck, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Paul Giamatti, Ryan Gosling, Hugh Jackman, Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken -- Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence, Lucy Liu, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Hillary Swank, Charlize Theron.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Stories constant since 2nd grade -- 5 Screenplays.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Tucked in cozy (and laughing) right place, right partner and my kitty.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

No routine or method -- I just go with my characters' flow and drive up the wazoo!

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

ALL that brings peace, prosperity, joy and love to everyone everywhere!!!

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

I've always loved the movies I see that carry the approval laurel of Toronto International Films.
When I was searching my email for festival entries on Withoutabox, WILDsound popped up -- I "WHOOHOOed" and popped in my submission.

11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?

Listen with all of you to your characters and express only their true selves.
Reread, rewrite and correct all errors before submission.
Get every info for where you want to submit, then go for it with all your heart, always listening...