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JANE GILSON - 10 Questions

10 Questions from the July 2014 SHORT Screenplay Winner.

1. What is your SHORT SCRIPT about?

My story is about an elderly couple being forced to give up their way of life -- a life and home they love.

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

It's a story that will resonate with a lot of people. Many families (of all ages, and all walks of life) have gone through hard economic times and many lost their homes. This story shows how heart breaking that is. I think it also shows that the human spirit bounces back quickly. In this story, DARLA finds a way to take a piece of her former life with her!

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

About six months.

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

hmmm... so many good ones ---- but if I have to pick one, It's A Wonderful Life is one that I've watched many, many times.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I would love to work with Roma Downey and her husband - I would love to have them produce a script I'm working on, and I'd love to work with David A.R. White and Kevin Sorbo, too. Christian Family/Spiritual scripts are the area I'm most interested in, and I think these artists feel that way, too.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Moving Day was/is my first script. After I finished that one, I wrote two more shorts and one feature. I've also started working on a horror script for a small production company, and I'm tossing around the idea of writing a true story about a friend.

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

I'd love to be writing full time and have at least one feature produced.

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

I think of the story I want to write, flesh out my characters in my head -- and then just write. I have the general outline in my heat but for the most part it's a free flow. I don't worry about perfection. I just write. The more I write, the more freely the ideas flow. When I think too much, I get writers block. After I've finished writing the first draft, I don't look at it again for at least a week. Then I go back and rewrite my second draft. I also ask others to read my work and to critique it for me. I appreciate feedback.

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

I love to make jewelry and I also make sterling silver wire wrapped rosaries.
And I love animals -- friends -- bike riding -- church

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

I was looking for some good, honest feedback. I didn't think I'd win! I'm still surprised by that!

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

Write what you like. Don't write what you think "others" will like. Be true to yourself. Do it for love, not money