2008 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards - Interview - Lou Tasciotti


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Lou Tasciotti

CATEGORY 1 - (Action/Adventure; Thriller/Horror/Supernatural; Sci-Fi; Animation/Fantasy; Mystery/Suspense)

Elite Prize Winner
Lou Tasciotti
Plano, TX

Lou Tasciotti has a degree in music composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a certificate in piano technology from the New England Conservatory of Music, and has studied fiction writing at Southern Methodist University. Owner of Tasciotti Piano Restorations in Dallas, he has served as Technician Editor for The Piano Quarterly and is widely published in the piano world.


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

since fifth grade, when a teacher inspired me with encouragement.

I know I've succeeded........ 

because Iíve written a story that still captures my attention every time I read it.


My inspiration to write OF HIPPOCRATIC BLOOD.......

was to create a new genre of realistic vampires.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Lou Tasciotti: I wrote a novel version of it first. I couldnít write it fast enough.

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

Lou Tasciotti: I read lots of screenplays and books, especially McKeeís STORY, and Fieldsí SCREENPLAY. I took classes at SMU and at screenwriting conventions, and I met with my writersí group every two weeks.

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

Lou Tasciotti:
 Yes. Two drafts, six months apiece.

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

Lou Tasciotti:
I get up two hours early, six days a week. I used to write in the closet; now I have my own room.

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

Lou Tasciotti:
  Yes. Good work will get read and noticed.

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

Lou Tasciotti:  Size. I was looking for a large, competitive venue.

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

Lou Tasciotti: Every one they can. You learn something from every script you read.

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

Lou Tasciotti: All music. Opera and ballet, especially. And restoring Steinway pianos. Why? Because Iíve been enchanted by the Muse.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Lou Tasciotti: Hitchcock, because he understood human nature so well.

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

Lou Tasciotti: Spielberg, because we share an optimistic view of humankindís future.

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

Lou Tasciotti: Traci Lords. She is not only a goddess, but a brilliant actress; her act fooled a whole town full of actors! 

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

Lou Tasciotti: Donít work in a vacuum. Seek the opinions of professionals. Join a writers group. Donít defend your work against criticism; rewrite it! Spend time aloneÖGet rid of your headphones, turn off the radio, take long walks, long baths and live in your story.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Lou Tasciotti:
Iíve finished another screenplay and will enter it in competitions as soon as my writers group proofs it.∑

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

Lou Tasciotti:
Santa Barbara.

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