2008 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards - Interview - Kieran Angelini


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Kieran Angelini
CATEGORY 3 - (Comedy)

Runner Up

Kieran Angelini
Venice, CA

Kieran Angelini has won two Drama-Logue Awards and a Writers Digest Award for his plays, which have been performed in Los Angeles and New York. Most recently, his play Anteroom was produced by the Actors Studio in Los Angeles. Kieran is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and currently lives in Venice, California.


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

When I saw the movie Taxi Driver.


I know I've succeeded........ 

When I sell a screenplay that becomes a good, though not necessarily popular, film.


My inspiration to write DRINKING IN CHURCH.......

I loved the idea of writing a comedy about people of various faiths and placing them in a churchóand involved in a crime.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Kieran Angelini: When I was 12 I read the plays of George Bernard Shaw and Eugene OíNeill, and the novels of Mark Twain. There have been many more writers whoíve I admired since then, but they were the initial inspirations for me.

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

Kieran Angelini: I read a lot of other scripts to see how it was done. Then watched the movie with the script in my lap. Itís arduous but well worth it.

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

Kieran Angelini: This is my third script. It took about three months to complete.

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

Kieran Angelini:
I generally write at night. When itís quiet. And I can pace and mumble to myself without disturbing anyone.

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

Kieran Angelini: Yes. They can help you get noticed by the industry.

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

Kieran Angelini: I read about it on the Internet.

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

Kieran Angelini: Election, by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. Itís just so well written and visually interesting, with great characters, a great story, and, curiously, a protagonist and antagonist who have very few scenes together. It also makes great use of voiceover with numerous characters, which is difficult to do well.

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

Kieran Angelini: My wife. And traveling to France.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Kieran Angelini: Billy Wilder. He could do it all: comedy, drama. And do it great.

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

Kieran Angelini:
Martin Scorsese. I like his movies, why else?

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

Kieran Angelini: Robert DeNiro. Because he works with Scorsese.

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

Kieran Angelini: Keep working. Donít get discouraged. (Although you will.)

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Kieran Angelini: Iím working on two new plays. And thinking about a new screenplay.

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

Kieran Angelini: Antibes in the south of France?!

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