2008 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards - Interview - Kevin Conder


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Kevin Conder
CATEGORY 2 - (Drama)
Platinum Prize Winner
Kevin Conder
of Wilsonville, O

Kevin Conder lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter. Although his writing focus the past several years has been almost exclusively on screenplays,

He is a published novelist and poet as well. His script “Front Man” advanced deep into several contest this past year. He has just finished a new screenplay,

“The Violence”, a hostage thriller set in Colombia.

Kevin holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona.


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

when I first saw “Apocalypse Now”.


I know I've succeeded........ 

in writing an entertaining story about the human condition.


My inspiration to write FRONT MAN.......

was the idea that a man can fall from a great height. To crawl back up he would have to find a way to redeem himself.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Kevin Conder: Writing was never a choice. It’s nuts. Writing is what I do to not self-destruct.

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

Kevin Conder: Everything. Books, classes. Then immerse myself in the subject.

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

Kevin Conder: It’s my first script in a while, I wrote a couple a long time ago. This one took close to a year.

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

Kevin Conder:
I try to write in the afternoons, it takes me a long time to wake up.

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

Kevin Conder: They are important only if they help the writer improve and get read.

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

Kevin Conder: It seemed to be one of the bigger contest, and was highly rated on Movie Bytes.

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

Kevin Conder: Casablanca. It’s so well structured it makes me sick.

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

Kevin Conder: Poetry. The best stuff makes me feel alive.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Kevin Conder: Paul Haggis. He does setup and payoff incredibly well.

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

Kevin Conder: Alfonso Cuarón. “Children of Men” is staggering, the camera movement takes the viewer inside the scene.

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

Kevin Conder: Russell Crowe. He brings humanity into the hero.

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

Kevin Conder: Learn your craft. Become a screenwriter for the sake of the art of movies, not just to get invited to Hollywood parties.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Kevin Conder: I need to rest. I just finished another screenplay and had no break between Front Man and the new one. They took a lot out of me.

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

Kevin Conder: An established screenwriter of course!

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