I knew I wanted to be a screenwriter........
the first time I laid eyes on the screenplay
I know I've succeeded........
in other areas of life, but am
committed to do what it takes to succeed as a screenwriter.
My inspiration to write RABBIT TAILS.......
was drawn from a strange, organic mix
of real-life and imagined experiences.
What inspired you to write?
John Horan: I wanted to create a funny morality play based on
the struggles of the average American male facing middle age.
FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to prepare yourself to write your first script?
John Horan: I studied other screenplays, read Lew Hunterís
classic screenwriting guide, and sought out and met with Hunter
FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?
John Horan: Yes, and the bulk of the writing was done on
evenings and weekends over a several-month period.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
When I am in full-on writing mode, absolutely.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring
screenwriters and why?
John Horan: Yes, as a much-needed potential gateway to the
otherwise seemingly closed world of professional screenwriting.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards?
John Horan: The opportunity to get my work in front of industry
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
John Horan: "Adaptation," by Charlie Kaufman, because it is
remarkably original and unique.
FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
John Horan: My spiritual life, because it gives me the depth I
need as a writer and as a person.
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter
John Horan: Charlie Kaufman, because of his ability to think
and write "outside the box."
FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?
John Horan: Alexander Payne, because he is a Nebraska native
and an amazing talent.
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
John Horan: Matt Damon, because he has the range and charisma
to effectively perform both comedy and drama.
FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
John Horan: Find a good mentor. (Thank you, Lew Hunter!)
FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?
John Horan: An adaptation of a novel I completed in 2006, a
quirky, murder-mystery entitled "Headwaters."
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?
John Horan: Sitting in front of a laptop, banging out another