FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards 2005 - Interview

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FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards

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Morris E. Clark Morris E. Clark
of
Copperopolis, CA

Screenplay
FOREVER
Romantic Fantasy

Rhonda Ermel
of Copperopolis, CA

Rhonda Ermel

First Place Winners

Biography:

Rhonda and Morris have a beautiful, intelligent 7 year old daughter and they live on a lake in the foothills below Tahoe. Just down the road from their home is were they filmed Back to the Future 3, (western) and the classic Gary Cooper movie, High Noon. Also, they did an episode of Three Wishes with Amy Grant.

After querying The Radmin Company several times, with no luck, they decided to enter the competition for a chance to be read by the Radmin Co. This was their first script and the first time entering a screenwriting competition.

Interview

I knew I wanted to be a screenwriter........

Morris: When I was nine years old.
Rhonda: When Morris told me I had to be one too.

I know I've succeeded........ 

Morris: When my daughter hugs me and tells me, Iím the best dad she could ever have.
Rhonda: I found in a fortune cookie, ďSuccess is never final.Ē

My inspiration to write FOREVER.......

Morris: Forever was brought about for my fondness of love stories and science fiction.
Rhonda: Morris told me what to write.

 

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FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Morris: Reading. Envious of the ability of all my favorite writers to pull me away from all the problems of the world for a few hours.
Rhonda: Morris told me I had to.

FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to prepare yourself to write your first script?

Morris: Lots of alcohol, crying and lots of throwing-up.
Rhonda: A little alcohol, lots of crying and a lot of cleaning up.

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?

Morris: Yes. And itís too embarrassing to say.
Rhonda: Yes.  

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?

Morris: Yes. I usually work for about three to four hours after everyone else has gone to sleep at night.
Rhonda: Yes. In the morning I argue with Morris for 2-3 hours over all the changes and rewrites heís made the night before. 

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?

Morris: Yes. Yes. Yes and Yes. Itís very difficult for a beginning writer/s to get someone to read your script and this is an excellent opportunity.
Rhonda: Yes. Yes. Yes and Yes. Itís very difficult for a beginning writer/s to get someone to read your script and this is an excellent opportunity.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers.com / The Radmin Company Screenwriting Competition?

Morris & Rhonda: Actually it was the fact that The Radmin Co. was involved. I have queried The Radmin Co. several times, with no luck.

FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?

Morris: The English Patient. It is pure poetry to read. And I have to say a second one. I have literally read about a thousand scripts and my very favorite one is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Rhonda: Moonstruck. Itís just so simple and pure and perfect.  

FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?

Morris & Rhonda: Our daughter comes first, but we enjoy spending a great deal of time at Lake Tahoe. We are fond of boating and skiing. Also, we have a business were we turn vintage postcards into wall art.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Morris & Rhonda: Lawrence Kasdan. He is amazing and so prolific. Body Heat, Body Guard, Wyatt Earp.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?

Morris & Rhonda: I have a great deal of respect for Clint Eastwood. Also they are not directors but I would give Rhondaís right arm to work with Richard Curtis and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Working Title, who gave us Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill and French Kiss.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?

Morris: Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster. Because they are incredible.
Rhonda: Brad Pitt. Because heís HOT.

FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?

Morris & Rhonda: Donít quit. Donít quit. Donít quit. Surround yourself with people who are passionate and positive about your writing.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Morris & Rhonda: Going to Disneyland.

FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?

Morris: Next to Rhonda.

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