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JESSICA SEQUIN - 10 Questions

10 Questions from the February 2014 TV Screenplay Winner.

WATCH Interview with the Writer
1. Why should your script be made into a TV Show?

The underlying subject of The Pure is a highly relevant one, in this age of climate change and uncertainty. Changes need to happen, and stories/entertainment move people toward change. The Pure looks at, albeit to an extreme, where the world could end up if we as a global society rage on down the path we are on. But, at its' heart, The Pure is about people and how they try, in spite of everything, to make the world they have a better one in which to live.

2. How long have you been writing screenplays?

Since about third or fourth year university, I think. I grew up without a television so I never really considered television or film as a medium that I could get behind, but when I went to university this world of, specifically television, opened up for me and I had a slow revelation that episodic storytelling is WONDERFUL, with so many interesting possibilities because of the layers of arc. But, I have been writing plays since high school and I continue to write for the stage. In fact, I have a stage play going up this spring.

3. What film have you seen the most in your life?

This depends on a lot of factors - my mood, what else I'm doing in the moment, what I was recently introduced to - but, it's safe to say my go-to serieses are, in no particular order, Corner Gas, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Republic of Doyle, Warehouse 13, and on occasion when I'm feeling patriotic or nostalgic, Due South.

4. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?

I thought moderately long and somewhat hard about this one and concluded that I'm drawn to 'hyphenates,' probably because that is what I'd like to do and it's nice to see it being all possible. Actor-Writer-Directors or any combination thereof, such as Allan Hawco and Paul Gross. On days when horizons are extremely broad, Joss Whedon would be pretty cool to work with. Also, Jane Espenson, because seriously, sometimes she just does it best.

5. How many screenplays have you written?

3. Two feature length pieces that have taken a back seat to the other things I'm up to these days. And The Pure, which is definitely my favourite.

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

Working too too much as an actor/writer. In my own work would be ideal, but I'm not too fussed.

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

For a routine, usually late at night with a pot of Earl Grey tea. During the day for most of the year I co-run/plan an indie theatre festival in Stratford, Ontario, so night is when I do my own stuff. In the summer, I tend to go to the family cottage - on an island in the Kawarthas - and some of my best work comes out of the isolated, distraction light atmosphere. For method, it depends on the project. I wrote a play where I was parodying Shakespeare, so I planned out the entire piece in extreme detail scene by scene and filled in the dialogue in what felt a little like 'write by numbers.' For The Pure, it's a much more organic experience, if that phrase hasn't been over buzzed. I know where the story is going and certain marks I want to hit, but I'm happily listening to the characters on how we're going to get there. Because The Pure has four main characters, and a couple more coming in later, I keep track of their arcs on different coloured cue cards to make keep everyone's story straight and make sure no one is over or under represented.

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

Definitely acting and theatre - which was what I studied in university. Being a theatre kid through and through, The Job started out as a Hobby and became a Passion, so nearly everything I like doing most is related to The Job in one way or another. I like to cook, though playing with food might be more hobby than passion. I like to be on or in the water - canoeing and kayaking or swimming.

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

Mostly, it was the attraction of getting feedback.

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

I would tell other writers to watch and read everything that is of interest to them, but don't just watch it. Absorb it, so you know why it spoke to you so you can affect other people in turn.