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TUVIA SOLOMON - 10 Questions

10 Questions from the September 2014 best scene screenplay showcase writer.

1. What is your screenplay about?

Cops and robbers. But a different take. Kind of a biblical rendering of the subject.

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

Not certain it should be. I'm not able to judge it's worth. I can only be certain that it is different. Unique. That alone should warrant it consideration.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

For short periods of time over a few decades. If I add it all up, it probably comes out to a year or two altogether.

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

Until I left Los Angeles I saw movies like everybody else. Never saw one over and over.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Ideally, with nobody. Just sell the script with the caveat that I can remove my name from the finished product and let them mangle and destroy my good work. But if I was absolutely forced to be involved with the production, I suppose I would prefer to work with older people. No kids under 30 or 40. They got no sense. Can't give you any names. I'm out of the loop for a while.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Wow, that's a tough question. let's see. Wrote a script for Miami Vice when I was a teenager but never showed it to anybody (Is that still on the air?). Ditto for Cheers. Wrote something for a stupid detective show called "Booker" (I think that's what it was called) and they wanted to buy it, but the agent involved was fired a day before the meeting so that never went down. All of that was before '90. A few years ago I wrote a spec script for "House" that was submitted to Wildsound and now, several years later, I've taken 'Rushing Witness' out of mothballs and started working on it again after a short hiatus of 25 years or so. That's about it.

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

Out of debt.

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

No. I have a severe problem that prevents me from writing successfully: no talent (just kidding, I hope). Have very little time to invest. I've got a house full of kids that demand my attention. I write on the fly whenever I can find a few hours spare.

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

My garden.

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

You guys provide feedback, which is a lot of fun to read. Also, the script reading service is something I've never seen offered anywhere else. I appreciate that Wildsound is a Canadian outfit, off the beaten path. Kind of like pretend Hollywood. Works for me.

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

I've found that my best writing happens when I ignore the advice of others and listen to my own voice. Don't take advice or tips.