HARRY GOETT III - 10 Questions
10 Questions from the September 2014 best scene screenplay showcase writer.
1. What is your screenplay about?
"Hover Girl" is a romantic drama about Eddie, a married public-golf-course operator and amateur golf champion who mentors and falls in love with Ilsa; a beautiful and much younger aspiring tournament golfer, who is also involved with two other men.
2. Why should your script be made into a film?
"Hover Girl" is an original and unique story. It is not a remake of a movie that was based on a TV show like so much you see these days.. I also believe that anyone can relate to this story, or rather someone in the story, whether they are married, single, a man or a woman, familiar or unfamiliar with golf. And as there has been very few good movies that are golf themed, it could turn out to be the best ever golf movie because the writer is familiar with every aspect of the subject.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
"Hover Girl", which I wrote between 2007 and 2008 is my only attempt at a screenplay, if you don't count the horror movies I used to make as a kid.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
I tend to watch the same movies over and over. There are probably 30 movies I have seen 40 or more times. That list would include any James Bond movie (Diamonds are Forever is my favorite), JFK, Casablanca, Big Jake (John Wayne), Let it Ride, The Star Trek movies, both old and new.
5. What artists would you love to work with?
I would love to work with Oliver Stone. "Hover Girl" was written with Brad Pitt and Scarlett Johansson in mind as Eddie and Ilsa.
6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
"Hover Girl" is the only screenplay I have written. I have written a few golf related stories, one which will appear in an upcoming regional golf magazine issue, as well as an unpublished autobiography.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
In five years I would love to be retired from my job and free to do what ever I felt passionately about at the time. This could include writing, singing, golf related TV work or administration, or leading a revolution.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I basically adapted "Hover Girl" from my 450 page autobiography. I wrote down each "scene" from the book on an index card, and then kept only the essential ones in order to keep the screenplay at 130 pages. After shrinking the story down to size, all I had to do was figure out a way to deliver or tell it.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
In addition to being passionate about my wife and family, I have always been passionate about the game of golf. I love the history of the game, and those who play it at a high level. I also love trying to play at a high level myself. The process of how movies are made and how stories are told has always been an obsession of mine as well.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
WILDsound seemed like the best way I have seen to get my screenplay "out there". Where else can you have your favorite scene acted out and posted on YouTube? I also liked the challenge of coming up with the most interest drawing and information packed logline that I could.
11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
The best advice I could give to another writer is to finish what you start. The hardest thing to do is to finish a project when the initial excitement and passion is gone. There are a whole lot of people who would love to write a screenplay or book, but only a few ever actually start and finish one. Once you finish you can change, refine, and edit, or decide that what you wrote is no good. But you have to finish first.
HARRY GOETT III