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LOIS WICKSTROM - 10 Questions

10 Questions from the July 2014 1st Scene Screenplay Winner. 1. What is your SCREENPLAY about?

Jack's Mermaid is about the role of imagination, and how imagination fits into the real world. I had so-called imaginary playmates as a child and I still believe they were real, even though the rest of my family couldn't see them. This is a story about -- what if the whole family could see them.

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

In the spirit of Willie Wonka and Flubber, this script is about fun and fantasy and danger and choices. Should Jack choose to become a merchild? What sacrifices will his family make to keep him?

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

About 6 years.

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

Casa Blanca

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I don't have a fantasy cast for Jack's Mermaid. For this movie, I'd love to work with people who love the script and who understand the characters they'll be playing.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I've lost count. I've written stories since I was 9 years old.

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

I'd like to have at least one movie finished and two more in production.

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

First, I get an idea -- usually a What if? Then, I outline the story -- first a brief outline with the main acts -- then details as they occur to me.

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

I care about my family, ecology, exercise, and the philosophy of compassion.

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

Wildsound offers a review whether you win or not. I need feedback as part of my writing process. I'm doing a rewrite of Jack's Mermaid, based on feedback.

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

Don't try to re-invent the wheel. The 3 (or 4 if you count act 2 as two parts) act structure works. Keep that structure in mind when you plot your story. I know that some stories just won't fit that structure -- but most of them do.