American Gem 2006 Short Screenplay Competition - THE FORTUNE TELLER
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Marcellus Thurman

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Marcellus Thurman
of Lawrenceville, GA

Marcellus Thurman has been a screenwriter, producer, director and actor in the Atlanta area since 1999. He founded Wildest Dreams Studios in 2005 to use as a vehicle for producing indie films. Originally from Detroit, Marcellus has been writing short stories, stage plays, songs and scripts since high school. Upcoming projects include shooting short and feature films. Performing is also something Marcellus loves and he can be found acting in a variety of film productions. When he's not writing or making movies, Marcellus loves to spend time with his family and of course, watching movies.


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

When I realized I had a story to tell and a movie was the best way to tell it.

I know I've succeeded.......  

when a studio or producer buys one of my scripts.

My inspiration to write THE FORTUNE TELLER.......

memories of carnival sideshows and midways when I was a child.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Marcellus Thurman: Everyone loves a good story. People are entertained by my writing and so am I.

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

Marcellus Thurman: Read other scripts and thought about the finished product I wanted to make.

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

Marcellus Thurman: It was not my first. I wrote it in about 2 days.

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

Marcellus Thurman: At my dining room table for at least 2 hours each day. Either late at night or early in the morning.

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

Marcellus Thurman: I don't have enough experience or knowledge about contests to answer.

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

Marcellus Thurman: I wanted others to see my work and for it to get some exposure.

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

Marcellus Thurman: Any scripts by M. Night Shyamalan, David Mamet, Quentin Tarantino and the early works of Spike Lee. They write the most passionate, thought provoking and intricate stories.

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

Marcellus Thurman: My life revolves around my 4 year old daughter. It's all about her.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Marcellus Thurman There are several but Quentin Tarantino is original and fearless. His character development makes them unforgettable.

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

Marcellus Thurman: Steven Spielberg . I think I could learn the real art or storytelling from him.

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

Marcellus Thurman: Denzel Washington. In my opinion, he may be the best actor there ever was.

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

Marcellus Thurman: Plan, prepare then proceed.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Marcellus Thurman: Finishing a feature script I've been working on and shooting a short film this fall.

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

Marcellus Thurman: I'll have to check with my FORTUNE TELLER for the answer to that question.

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