STEPHEN FRETZ - 10 Questions
10 Questions from the September 2014 1st Scene Screenplay Winner.
1. What is your screenplay about?
While making an indy movie, three stoners get sucked into a web of devil worship, sex magic, murder, cannibal gods, and rogue Easter Bunnies.
2. Why should your script be made into a film?
Because the world is just dying to see a DaVinci Code/Pineapple Express mash-up.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
About five years. I did a lot of writing when I was younger, then switched over to mainly visual arts
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Probably "Apocalypse Now." That doesn't mean it's my favorite - just that I have friends who really, really like it.
5. What artists would you love to work with?
For this project? Adam West or Dan Akroyd would be perfect for Les. Bill Murray as Vito. I admire David Lynch and Wes Anderson as directors, but not sure either is right for this script.
6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
I did a lot of writing in my teens and twenties, then switched over to photography as my primary expressive medium, because it's easier to get gallery shows than get something produced/published. I've done a couple of rough drafts since resuming writing a couple of years ago - this is by far the project I've put the most energy into.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Where I am now, but with more money and fame.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
When I'm writing, I write every day for at least 6-9 hours. My quota is 2-4 pages a day. It used to be higher, but my brain just doesn't work that fast anymore. (sigh)
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Photography. Reality in general.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
Honestly, I don't remember. One of my housemates, Bill Zacchi, is also a screenwriter (he just had his screenplay "Blood Justice" optioned) and I think he sent me a link to this site.
11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
Write every day. Learn to edit your own stuff. Learn to take criticism gracefully, and grow from it. Simplify and add lightness.