American Gem 2004 Short Screenplay Competition - MEET ME BY THE BRIDGE
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Brendan Gore

Tenth Place Winner

Brendan Gore
of Brisbane, Australia

Iím 21 years old, living in Brisbane Australia. Iíve been writing screenplays since I was 15. Iím a 5 time finalist in different comps (, Anything but Hollywood, Screenprize, Hollywoodís next success, Winner Takes All)

I have done some project writing for Albion Studios in Brisbane and also wrote/produced and co directed my own short film ďOlympe SupernovaĒ. I have other shorts planned to shoot by the end of the year. Next year Iím taking the year off just to concentrate on improving my skills of writing.  Currently Iím just trying to get an Agent.


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

When I realized there's not much else I can do (or like doing)

I know I've succeeded.......  

Success is never a point I think Iíll reach. Every time I get close to reaching my goals I set even higher goals for myself to achieve. Thereís no one point Iím trying to get to. I just want to do what Iím doing now; live my life and write!

My inspiration to write MEET ME BY THE BRIDGE.......

came from a number of things. Mostly a short intense relationship and a chance encounters with another girl that led me to explore life and search for a meaning through Astral Travel.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Brendan Gore: I used to play soccer at a semi-pro level.  Just before I had my first paying contract I did my shoulder in and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Going from training every day and playing every other day to doing nothing left me alone with my thoughts.  Eventually they just all built up until one day I just had to get them out.  So I sat down and started writing, hoping to share some insight of my life, and my philosophies on life with others.

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

Brendan Gore: Nothing...Just sat down and started typing without any expectations and without any real plan to do anything with.

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write MEET ME BY THE BRIDGE?

Brendan Gore: I've been writing for some time so this isn't my 1st script. It took me about 8 months of living, and letting the idea grow in my mind and the story constantly changed as I navigated through life.. then finally I got to a point where I couldn't keep it in my head any longer, so sat down and started typing. Within about 10 days I had "Meet Me by The Bridge" complete.

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

Brendan Gore: No I just try and live my life and when I get this irresistible urge to look back and refelct on the last "segment" in my life then I decide to draw conclusions on it and turn my experiences into a metaphor for how I see life.

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

Brendan Gore: Yes I do because it's a useful way to judge how good your scripts are and if they're ready to send out. Also it gains you some valuable reads. 

FilmMakers Magazine:
What influenced you to enter the American Gem Short Script Competition?

Brendan Gore: Well I was going to throw away meet me by the bridge as I wrote it for a feature length script. It was part of two stories in the one script.. In the rewrite I deleted the whole thing and decided to rewrite the first story. Then my friend suggested that instead of just let it collect dust and never showing anyone it I should enter it into American Gem. So I did and am very glad. 

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

Brendan Gore: Good and bad, they both teach you a lot. My personal favorite that I often go back to is ďGood Will HuntingĒ.

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

Brendan Gore: Living life and bringing love into this world. Weather it be through writing or a smile to someone I pass by on the road. Anything to add a little bit more colour to someone elseís life. Why? Because love is one thing there isnít enough of in this world.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Brendan Gore: Richard Curtis or Cameron Crowe because they consistently produce quality stories. 

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

Brendan Gore: Brad Newman, because he reminds me of myself; young, daring, and hungry for success. But I'd settle for Robert Redford.

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

Brendan Gore: Nelle Lee, Extremely talented character actress and because sheís going to be the big thing to come out of Australia.

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

Brendan Gore: Just write what your heart wants to say don't follow some formula that "so and so" says in his book. (but do read the book.)

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Brendan Gore: Shooting a low budget indy I plan to enter into the Canne film festival.

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

Brendan Gore:
Ouch! It hurts thinking that far ahead.

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