RW HAHN - 10 Questions
10 Questions from the September 2014 1st Scene Screenplay Winner.
1. What is your screenplay about?
It is about a woman who thinks she is going crazy when she must deal with a mysterious amnesiac who claims he knows her and needs her to help him find himself.
2. Why should your script be made into a film?
It is extremely cinematic, with locations rarely used. It will also challenge the audience to figure out the mystery while experiencing what the protagonist is experiencing at the same time she is experiencing it. In other words, the audience is in the Protagonists shoes and doesn't know anymore about what is going on than she does. It is a crazy roller coaster ride in the dark that will be a blast to watch unfold and piece together the clues and easter eggs hidden in the film....It really is a movie to experience and then when the big reveal happens at the end, the audience will get it and want to watch it all over again to see if they can catch the bread crumbs dropped along the way....And it will be Fun, fun, fun to watch and escape to...
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
7 years or so. The first few years I spent mostly learning the craft and science of screenwriting, and at the same time learning to tell a good story well. Now that I know how to craft a screenplay, I can concentrate on telling the best story I can. I think that's why I am now able to turn out a screenplay in less than a month as far as the first draft goes.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Just a great film. Totally captured my imagination, and completely caught me off guard.
5. What artists would you love to work with?
Steven Speilberg, Clint Eastwood, The Coen Brothers, and Robert Duval.
6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
5. One Sci-fi, One Psycho-Thriller(Crash Backwards), One Biodrama/Book Adaptation(Can't say who it is about right now, but it does have an Actor attached), and Two Faithbased(A Drama set in 1940's called Gideon and a Western set in 1880's) The Western I just completed. That one is called On the Sparrow. And I have turned my script Gideon into a Novel that I will release when it is released as a film....that will be fun....
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
On the set of my own Script, directing and acting in it. and at the end of the shoot, head to the theater to watch another one of my movies...HA! No seriously....
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I challenge myself to write 3 pages a day or at least research for the script. The first draft of my Western took me 24 days to write and another month to rewrite. The Book Adaptation took me 2 months to write and rewrite....Whereas my first script(Gideon that won the Grand Prize at Kairos Prize 2013) took me almost 7 years to complete, mainly for the reasons I stated above. But since 2013 I have written the other 4 scripts...and am currently working on my next one which is an action/comedy...
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Jesus Christ #1, Acting and Directing, and making movies. Reading other scripts, and books. Watching Sports, and playing Bid Whist(a card game).
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
I just thought it was a cool way to get a reaction to the thriller that I was in the middle of writing to see if I was hitting a nerve(in a good way) from the very beginning.... I guess I did....and as a quick update to Crash Backwards..since I entered the 1st 10 pgs. contest I have been contacted by a Producer/Director from LA who read it on another site and we have entered the development stage to take the script to the next level which is turning it into a film...So I am excited about the next phase for it...Dream come true actually....
11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
WRITE FORWARD...no matter what, when you start your script just keep writing the story forward...finish it....then you can cut out extraneous scenes, dialogue, characters, etc. But flesh the story out completely...this is the way you will really get to know your story and people in it...
So WRITE FORWARD...That's my motto...If you have an idea...get it on page...I always write my idea or story in prose...I get the whole story out in 1 to 3 pages....then I "thinkubate" on it for a month or so, and then I take the plunge and start writing it as a screenplay..3 pages a day or more if I am on a roll or have the time, and I don't stop until it is finished...then I send it to a couple of other writer friends I trust, get their notes, and apply them(or not) and I begin honing, rewriting, and then my manager and I take a weekend to read it out loud, make notes and comments, then I attack it again, until I have gone over ever line of dialogue and action to see if I can rewrite it better...then I put it away for a day or two, and just think about it, the characters, the story, everything about it, and over those few days I write notes to myself that hit me, and then I open it up and attack it again...But I never stop writing it forward, even as I go back over it again and again to make it the best it can be....I mean I look at every comma, period, question mark, everything, and ask does it need to be there? Is there a better word or phrase?
To me Screenwriting is a high art form that I seek to transform into my own signature...To the point where people will want to read my script as much as see the movie.....I think the greatest compliment I ever had was from a woman who just finished reading Gideon, and wrote to me. She said, "Gideon is now my favorite movie"...and she had only read the script....So for me that's what I want people to say when they read one of my scripts....Not just, "Oh man I want to see this movie"...but..."Oh man, that's my favorite movie!"
Then I know I've hit the mark and created high art....