I knew I wanted to be a screenwriter........
when I saw Cool Hand Luke for the
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
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?
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
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
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?
I would love to work with Sean Penn
because, like me, heís interested in loss and how it affects those
that must endure it.
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
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?
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?
Patrick Hegarty: Just want to be breathing.