I knew I
wanted to be a screenwriter.......
I had always
written bits and pieces of scripts, but it was for my own performance
gigs. A musical I was directing needed a rewrite. It was then, as I
collaborated with the original book writer, I knew I wanted to write.
Writing for the screen seemed to be the next logical step.
I know I've
when someone who has seen a production or
film I have produced conveys to me that the story or character(s) made
an impression upon that viewer.
almost 30 plus years ago as I observed “Vincent” from the department
store display windows I decorated as a visual display designer in a
former life. I often wondered from where he drew his inspiration –
what kind of existence this “Grandpa Moses” had. Did his art have an
effect or was it merely a fleeting splash of color that was a part of
a broader palette?
What inspired you to write?
Drew Miller: Just look around you. There must be a myriad of stories that need the
assistance of a screenwriter.
FilmMakers Magazine: How did you prepare yourself to
write your first script?
Drew Miller: Years
and years of watching movies and television.
Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write
This script is one of a series of scripts that I
started a few years ago.
Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
Drew Miller: You should see my collection of the script notes on
napkins and the margins of magazine articles.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests
are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Where else can
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
American Gem Short Script Competition?
What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
KING KONG –
old and new, it has everything. And make sure to read the background
on the original authors.
Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
Can you name anyone as
prolific and dark as Rod Serling?
Name the director you would love to work with and why?
When someone like Ron Howard can overcome the stigma of “child-star”
and produce consistent works of art that embrace the medium, then
that’s my former child-star director.
Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Drew Miller: I feel a great empathy with Craig Ferguson, a brilliant multi-faceted
Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Your work is never done.
What's next for you?
Drew Miller: I’ve some notes on a napkin – it’s around here somewhere…
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from
Drew Miller: …still looking for that napkin.