I knew I
wanted to be a screenwriter.......
When I saw
"American Beauty" and "Fight Club" as a double feature at a theater my
senior year in high school. I loved movies but realized that night how
special they can be. I figured writing a movie as special as those
should be a life goal of mine.
I know I've
when my scripts can financially support
my dream of living the life of a "rockstar writer".
when I was driving
home hungover after a night of partying. The idea was instantly great
in my mind so I wrote it down on scrap paper driving 75mph!
What inspired you to write?
Kennedy: I knew I had to make movies of my own and writing them would let me
shape what happens in the story most.
FilmMakers Magazine: How did you prepare yourself to
write your first script?
I had story
ideas but I didn't write a script until I read books on how to format
scripts. without knowledge of industry standards, I'd be wasting my
Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write
This is my fifth short script. I wrote it sporadically
for a few weeks.
Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
I have no routine for writing. I write at all times of
the day or night depending on whether I feel I'm ready for the next
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests
are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
are important for unknown writers to learn whether their scripts are
good or not. Friends and family are not usually good and Hollywood
people won't read your scripts just to give you feedback. Contests
also sometimes get winners in touch with producers which is the whole
point in writing.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
American Gem Short Script Competition?
Your contest was on the FilmMakers.com website and I felt that
domain name was probably important enough to enter.
What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Todd Solondz. His scripts are easy to read and are effective in
allowing the reader to visualize the scenes happening. This is what
you want agents and studios to be able to do when reading your
Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
music. I get the best story ideas while daydreaming to great songs.
Music is the best drug for your brain.
Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
I don't have a favorite. however, I respect Kevin Smith, Mike White,
and John Hughes. These writers have multiple good works under their
belt. I would be very proud if I wrote "Clerks" "The Good Girl" or
"The Breakfast Club".
Name the director you would love to work with and why?
Alexander Payne because I feel we have similar senses
of humor and we would have similar ideas on how to produce my scripts.
A large scare of mine is a director that ruins your script with bad
casting or bad directing.
Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Kennedy: Christian Bale and Jason Swartzman. Bale because he is one of the best
character actors and Swartzman because I love the type of desperate,
loner genius that he has played in the past.
Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
first recognize whether you think you truly have talent for creating
original stories. Then, read lots of books on how to write scripts and
dramatic characters and how the movie business works. Also, watch
movies and TV shows that are Hollywood satires. A lot can be learned
by them about how the industry is run. They are supposed to be satires
but there is underlying truth to all satires. That's why they're
What's next for you?
Kennedy: Writing a feature length script and finding an agent to help me sell
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from
Kennedy: Hopefully living in Los Angeles and Ohio while taking sporatic trips
all around the world.