American Gem 2006 Short Screenplay Competition - VOYEUR
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Diana Kemp-Jones

Ninth Place Winner

Diana Kemp-Jones
of Torrance, CA
Film Noir

A prolific writer since childhood, Diana Kemp-Jones has lived and worked abroad but currently resides in the LA area. She is the author of numerous published science fiction/paranormal novels and anthologies, many of which have been adapted into screenplays. Script placings include First and Third in Blood Candy's short screenwriting competition and Second Place and a Semi-Finalist placing in Gimme Credit's second phase short screenplay competition. Two scripts made it to the award review group for the 2006 Action on Film choices. Gutter Soul and Voyeur placed in the final 100 of the American Gem short script competition and Voyeur is currently placed among the top 25 semifinalists.


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

when I saw my first science fiction film.


I know I've succeeded.......  

when the words fuel visions in my mind.


My inspiration to write VOYEUR.......

emerged from curiosity about the dark side of human nature.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Diana Kemp-Jones:  I started writing when I was seven and shocked my teachers with the graphic nature of my horror stories. My muse is very vocal.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones:  I studied scriptwriting guides. The stories already existed. I simply needed to adapt them to screenplay format.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: No, I had already completed two scripts before Voyeur. It took about two weeks to adapt Voyeur from an existing short story.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: Routine? Never heard of it. I write when the ideas dive bomb. My laptop goes where I go and I have all the appropriate software loaded so I can access as needed.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: Absolutely. It provides an incentive for writers to actually finish a project and more importantly, a medium by which unknown writers can gain vital exposure.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: Reputation and acceptance of short screenplays.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: The Usual Suspects. Complex yet enthralling story.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: Gardening, reading, animals, swimming, cooking, wine. All provide means of relaxing the mind and spirit, vital fodder for creativity.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Diana Kemp-Jones: George Lucas. I've been hooked on his stories since the days of THX 1138 and the original Star Wars.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: George Lucas. He catapults you from reality into adventure.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: George Clooney. Classy and committed actor and human being.

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: Be your own worst critic and your greatest fan. Never let anyone put down your efforts. Creativity is a gift.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Diana Kemp-Jones: The next script ... and the next ...

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

Diana Kemp-Jones: Writing scripts full time.

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