I knew I wanted to be a screenwriter........
when it hit me what a challenge it is to be
creative and concise inside the formal framework of a screenplay...while
making it look effortless. What an exciting art.
I know I've succeeded........
when someone pays me for something that came
out of my head.
My inspiration to write MINE.......
came while I was reading the story of David and
Bathsheba, and wondering why she did what she did.
What inspired you to write?
Anita Skibski: When I was in sixth grade, I wrote a comedic
essay on Little Jack Horner. It was such a rush, I knew I'd never be
able to stop.
FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to prepare yourself to write your first script?
Anita Skibski: I over-researched my subject matter. But now I
know that's not such a bad thing to do.
FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?
Anita Skibski: 'Mine' is my second script, and took about three
years to finish because I was still learning screenwriting. With the
first script, I had no idea what I was doing, technically, and I broke
about a million basic rules. But I finished it! And then I was hooked.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
When the kids were little, it was hard. Now that they're all in
school, I'm settling into a good writing routine. I'm sharpest in the
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring
screenwriters and why?
Anita Skibski: I believe screenplay contests are a fantastic
way to get your name out into the world. Placing highly -- or winning
-- these reputable contests gives you instant credibility when you go
to Town to shop your script.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
FilmMakers.com / The Radmin Company Screenwriting Competition?
Anita Skibski: FilmMakers has an excellent reputation in the
contest circuit, and has lived up to it. FilmMakers also offers more
than just cash prizes, though we love those, too. Getting our scripts
into the hands of people who can make them into movies is the real
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Anita Skibski: As many as you can find. The only way to learn
is to read the good, the bad, and the gray in between.
FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Anita Skibski: My four kids. Children are the ultimate creative
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter
Anita Skibski: William Goldman. Because he knows everything.
FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?
For this script? Someone who
understands the South.
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Anita Skibski: Emma Thompson. She has never disappointed me.
FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Anita Skibski: There's nothing wrong with writing two
screenplays at once. Or six.
FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?
Anita Skibski: Finishing my thriller, then my suburban comedy,
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?
Anita Skibski: Dancing naked in the rain with my Oscar for Best