American Gem 2005 Short Screenplay Competition - CAREER VIRGIN
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Angie M. Comer

Fourth Place Winner

Angie M. Comer
of Pasadena, CA

I have been a struggling screenwriter for over ten years. I have eight feature scripts, four TV Pilots and three short scripts to my writing credit. Though I
have not sold a script that does not stop me from believing in myself, and my passion to tell a brilliant and innovative story. I make the effort to try and reject rejection and move forward with my life and writing. I attended USC for two years as an English major, but I dropped out, because I could no longer afford it. I began my time in work force, while laboring as a P.A or Assistant Director for very independent productions after work or during the weekends.


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

When I 16 years old and I took a Screenwriting course at UCLA Extension under the recommendation of my English teacher. 

I know I've succeeded.......  

When I type in Fade to Black.

My inspiration to write CAREER VIRGIN.......

I was convinced that I was the only virgin in school. When I decided to write the script, I wanted to have some heartwarming fun with a serious issue and the innocent misconceptions and self induced agony.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Angie M. Comer: My College English Professor, who said to me “Before you are anything…you are a writer.”

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

Angie M. Comer: Intense research; I purchased a book writing for film and paid even closer attention on English class.

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

Angie M. Comer: “Career Virgin” is my 14th script. While working an 8-hour a day brain-cramping job, it took me almost three weeks to get it the way I wanted.

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

Angie M. Comer: No. I enjoy writing at night, after the gym and my usual procrastination. I write until I am stuck or tired. I refuse to force creativity.

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

Angie M. Comer: Absolutely. The right ones are a unique and fun challenge that will hopefully open a door of opportunity. 

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

Angie M. Comer: American Gem’s intentions are genuine. Few contests honor the short script form the way they do. They don’t present themselves as a “fly-by-night” kind of organization by any means. And to have the chance to compete and have your short produced is too good to pass up.

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

Angie M. Comer: “Moonstruck” ­ it is an intelligently written and hysterically intriguing. The three-dimensional characters are charming and jump off the page and pull into their dysfunctional world of chaos and true love.

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

Angie M. Comer: Film Directing, because I believe that I am a voice with the power of words to launch to the movie-going audience towards uncharted territory of storytelling. And saving every homeless puppy and kitten on earth, because I am sucker for anything cute and cuddly.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Angie M. Comer: Billy Wilder ­ I love the flow of dialogue. It’s sharp and uninhibited. It’s like watching a no-holds-barred tennis match between actors.  

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

Angie M. Comer: Sam Mendes ­ he has an innovative and unique style with rhythmic fury. It’s not about camera angles alone; it’s about the emotional rollercoaster he takes you on.

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

Angie M. Comer: Laura Linney ­ she is a magnificent performer; expressive with her eyes and words. She can breath life into ordinary dialogue. I have never seen her play the same character twice. 

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

Angie M. Comer: I have learned to reject rejection. Never look back, because the past is no longer an option. You must keep moving forward. If you honestly
love what you do, no matter if you haven’t sold a script, you will go the distance.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Angie M. Comer: I am writing my 9th feature script and trying to edit a documentary that I shot almost a year ago.

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

Angie M. Comer: On the set, directing one of my feature scripts and enjoying the whole process. (And most likely buying kitty liter when we wrap for the day).

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