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MATTHEW J. LLOYD - 10 Questions

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

1. What is your screenplay about?

The Screenplay is primarily Michelle's story as she is drawn into the seedy London underworld and struggles to survive leading her down a very dark path that the opening only hints at. We also meet all the other women and men who make their home at the Nightdove, finding out what drew them there and what keeps them going.

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

There is a growing interest, and need, for female led drama that doesn't just focus on a strong woman, rather has all kind is of female characters. Victorian London is also one of the most popular time periods for its style and atmosphere which makes writing this series so much fun imagining all the events throughout that period of history that could be portrayed in Nightdoves, all leading to a thrilling final season. Human trafficking is an important and relevant topic for audiences to be made aware of and Nightdoves does do that through its emotional story and sympathetic characters.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

For the past two years since finishing university and working in London.

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

Oh tough one, I think that would have to be Jurassic Park but I'm sure Frozen has now over taken it.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I would love the opportunity to write with Guillermo del Toro as I love his visual style and the stories he turns into films. Also anyone from Game of Thrones though that may just be the fan in me wanting to hang out with Jon Snow and Tyrion.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

So far I have three finished television screenplays with another almost finished and two more in the planning stage. I have one complete film script as well as several short stories which are mostly fantasy based or aimed at children.

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

Writing screenplays for several of my own original television series and promoting them at comic con and other television expos.

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

First I read as many research books on the subject as I can, then find a busy place to write the first draft. Following this I will start writing at 9am and continue until about 6pm and repeat this every day until I have a draft I am happy with. A cup of tea is also a necessity!

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

History, I love a good history book and spending time in the museums. Everything I do I can usually work some sort of random historical fact into. I am also an avid runner and a passionate video and board game player. <

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

The opportunity to not just receive highly useful feedback but to also see a section of my script read by professional actors was too good to miss. The regular contests also meant that I can re-enter following feedback. It's been a great boost to the morale and really helps to see what the characters may one day look like on screen.

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

Rewriting is what you should spend most of your time focused on. There is no need to get the perfect script on the first draft, I've found it much more productive to get a first draft (however bad) onto paper and then rewrite it constantly. You will also see what works and doesn't work much earlier this way. And don't be afraid to ask people for feedback on your work.