2007 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards - Interview - Patrick Hegarty

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Patrick Hegarty
CATEGORY 2 - (Drama)
Diamond Prize Winner
Patrick Hegarty
of Santa Ana, CA

A winner at the 2007 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, Patrick Hegarty has been a professional writer for eight years, mostly writing scripts for video games, including such blockbusters as RATATOUILLE (Pixar), ERAGON (20th Century Fox), SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (Paramount), and many more. He is also the author of a literary novel entitled THE DAZZLE OF THE LIGHT (Wexford College Press, 2001), which was well received by the Bloomsbury Review and others.

After playing backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos from 1989-1991, Hegarty completed his Masters degree in Literature at the University of Colorado in 1994. He is married with two children and works in Orange County, California as a screenwriter.


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

when I saw Cool Hand Luke for the first time.

I know I've succeeded........ 

when the cameras roll on the first day of principle shooting on one of my scripts.

My inspiration to write FLOWER OF FIRE.......

was an obituary I read in the LA Times.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Patrick Hegarty: My mother was always writing and she encouraged me to tell stories any way I could.

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

Patrick Hegarty: I took notes, copied articles, and kept my eyes and ears open.

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

Patrick Hegarty: This is my first script but Iíve been writting fiction for years. This script took me about three months to complete.

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

Patrick Hegarty:
Yes, I work first thing in the morning, when the juices are flowing.

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

Patrick Hegarty: Competitions are important because they can give you some validation and confidence and maybe even open up some doors.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards?

Patrick Hegarty: It seems that Filmmakers does more than most contests to get your script into the hands of people that can actually take them to the next level: producers, production companies, and others in the industry.

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

Patrick Hegarty: Read the screenplay of your favorites movies. Personally, some of the scripts that mean the most to me are Platoon, Fallen, Fearless, and On the Waterfront.

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

Patrick Hegarty: Iím passionate about most things, especially family, and good food and drink..

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Patrick Hegarty:
Oliver Stone is my favorite screenwriter because he is relentless and single-minded. He sees what he wants and pursues it passionately.

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

Patrick Hegarty:
I would love to work with Sean Penn because, like me, heís interested in loss and how it affects those that must endure it.

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

Patrick Hegarty:
Jeff Bridges. I love the fact that he is undaunted by any role, able to transform from a stoned hippie throwback to the President of the United States.

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

Patrick Hegarty: Only write if you have something to say.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Patrick Hegarty:

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

Patrick Hegarty: Just want to be breathing.

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