I knew I wanted to be a screenwriter........
When I realized I could never make any money playwrighting and I might as well be just as broke being a screenwriter.
I know I've succeeded........
when the "Spell Check" says "No Errors."
My inspiration to write FACING THE BEAR.......
Many years ago I taught a middle school student whose father was missing-in-action in Viet Nam. The father never came home. I've always wondered what kind of father my student grew up to be.
What inspired you to write?
Steve Warren: I actually had the audacity to believe I have something to say and I was too chicken to say it so I wrote it instead.
FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to prepare yourself to write your first script?
Steve Warren: Read a lot of good screenplays. A lot of them.
FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?
Steve Warren: This is my fifth script, or sixth, if you count the one I set on fire, and I have worked on this one off and on for three years.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
Steve Warren: I have no routine. I only write about subjects about which I'm passionate. If it won't leave me alone, that's when I go to the computer even if it's three o'clock in the morning.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring
screenwriters and why?
Steve Warren: Screenplay contests are absolutely essential for the unknown writer who resides outside of LA. Doing well in contests gives the writer some credibility with the LA folks and can open a door here or there.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
FilmMakers.com / The Radmin Company Screenwriting Competition?
Steve Warren: They offered the carrot of representation.
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Steve Warren: Casablanca. It's about as tight a script as you'll find and has so many memorable lines.
FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Steve Warren: Storytelling. I love a good story well-told.
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter
Steve Warren: Too many good ones out there to choose just one.
FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?
Steve Warren: Ron Howard. He gets at the heart of a story without using tricks or gimmicks.
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Steve Warren: With my anonymous standing in the Hollywood world, I would work with just about anyone who would have me.
FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Steve Warren: I've heard from folks in Hollywood that you should write something that's commercial. I've also heard from other folks in Hollywood that you should write about what you love. I go with the love.
FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?
Steve Warren: I'm researching my next script, but I don't like to talk about it. I've found that talking about your current project can kill your enthusiasm.
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?
Steve Warren: Scotland.