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Steve Warren
Fifth Place
 
Winner
Steve Warren
of
Austin, TX
Screenplay
FACING THE BEAR
Drama
Biography:

Steve Warren grew up in Austin, Texas, the son of a newspaper book editor and a children's book author/illustrator. Books were a staple in this household and writing came naturally. After graduating from the University of Texas, Steve spent seven years seeing the world courtesy of the U.S. Navy, then returned home to begin a high school teaching career. He wrote stage plays at nights and on the weekends, then transitioned to screenplays in the mid 90's and has not looked back.

Interview

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. 

 

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FilmMakers Magazine: 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 and Why?

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. 

FilmMakers 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.

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