I knew I
wanted to be a screenwriter.......
After I read Star
Wars and began writing ideas of my own and found out what a release it
I know I've
When I ask people to read a few pages and I can see the emotion on
a dream that I had and from some friends' experiences.
What inspired you to write?
David Sawyer: A need to escape.
FilmMakers Magazine: How did you prepare yourself to
write your first script?
David Sawyer: Tons of research.
Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write WAKING
This is my third and it took me about six months off and on to finish.
Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
David Sawyer: Sort of. I keep something to write with close to me all day. But I
usually write for a few hours every morning.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests
are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
This was my first
contest and it has helped me gauge how I stack up to other writers and
has given me tons of motivation. So I'd say yes, absolutely.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
American Gem Short Script Competition?
I heard it
was one of the better contests out there and honestly because I had
about eight shorts and nothing finished at the time.
What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Find and read the
screenplays of your favorite movies. Then compare the film to how it
was written and vice versa.
Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Anything creative that
makes people think above and beyond what they would normally.
Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
Name the director you would love to work with and why?
How about three.
Michael Mann for Last of the Mohicans and Collateral. Ridley Scott for
Gladiator and BlackHawk Down and Mel Gibson for BraveHeart.·
Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
David Sawyer: Gary Oldman, he
can and has done just about any role you could imagine.
Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Write, write, write,
never stop and never let ANYONE tell you you're stupid or that its a
waste of your time.
What's next for you?
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from
David Sawyer: Learning to