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LAURA MORTON - 10 Questions

10 Questions from the November 2013 Feature Screenplay Winner. "I'm Going Somewhere Else"

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

This script should be made into a film because it's a story we can all relate to - a girl who's life is supposed for her and she has to break out and find her own way. We've all been there in our lives and, at some point, we all have to take that step.

2. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I've been writing screenplays in one way or another for about fifteen years, starting with shorts and adapting fictional stories I'd written.

3. What film have you seen the most in your life?

It's probably a four-way tie between Tootsie, Matilda, Muriel's Wedding, and Stranger Than Fiction.

4. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?

My dream would be to work with Charles Coburn or Sydney Pollack, but that is physically impossible. Other artists I would love to work with are Lasse Hallstrom, Charlie Kaufman, Emma Thompson, P.J. Hogan, Marc Foster, Bill Nighy, and any number of talented people.

5. How many screenplays have you written?

I've written many, finished five, but this is the only one that's ready for others to read.

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

I would love to be always writing and reading, traveling to a film set to see how a production is coming along, and continuing to support local, independent film. And I hope, along the way, to meet and work with great collaborators.

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

I don't have a very strict method. A moment in a character's life strikes me first and then, for a very long time, this character and his or her story expands in my mind. At some point, I finally sit down and block out the story I want to tell - what's the beginning and what's the end - and then, painful as it might be, I get out a first draft. After that, I go through about eight-four to seven thousand revisions.

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

I'm passionate about movie trailers, economics lectures, and building a home with my husband.

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

I entered in 2012 and thought the feedback was quite helpful. The notes were very careful and clear, so I sent in another script this year, only to be excited, grateful, and pleasantly surprised to have this script move to the next level.

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