I knew I
wanted to be a screenwriter.......
when I began
constantly analyzing the writing of every movie and show I saw.
I know I've
because when I read
my scripts I feel a real sense of pride and accomplishment, even
though I continue to think of ways to improve all of them.
YOUNGER BROTHERS' UNION.......
listening to my son talk about kids being bullied in school as well as
my fascination of the male-bonding ritual and sibling bonds.
What inspired you to write?
Jill Miller: From watching movies and wanting to tell stories of my own.
FilmMakers Magazine: How did you prepare yourself to
write your first script?
Jill Miller: I read several screenwriting books, took some screenwriting classes, read
scripts, and decided on a story I knew I could write.
Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write
YOUNGER BROTHERS' UNION?
took me about a little over a month to write. I have completed four
feature length scripts, two shorts, several TV episodes for practice,
and have several incomplete feature length scripts.
Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
Jill Miller: To be alone and quiet. I write at night or on
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests
are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
I do believe
screenwriting contests are important for aspiring screenwriters
because it is a good metric to judge your skill of the craft. There
are a lot of great screenwriters out there entering contests, so if
you do well in one, you know your skill level is improving.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
American Gem Short Script Competition?
probably the best and most competitive contest to enter for shorts.
They are very professional, offer great prizes, and seem to really
promote the winners.
What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
To read JERRY
MIGUIRE for a produced script because the flow is incredible and the
story and character arcs are so well done. For an unproduced script I
would recommend THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM (a 1999 Nichols Winner). From
reading it you learn that even really terrific scripts donít always
get made, but from them you can recognize and learn the skill of the
Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Beside screenwriting I
am passionate about my family, woodturning, and watching movies.
Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
Susannah Grant, because she exposes all the emotions of her characters
and makes you care.
Name the director you would love to work with and why?
I would love to work with Andy Tennant because he brings all the
elements of storytelling to the screen in a beautiful and emotional
Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Jill Miller: I would love to work with Jodie Foster. Sheís an amazing actor who
seems to remain a truly grounded person.
Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Some things I would like to pass along to aspiring screenwriters: keep
writing, love what you write, and accept constructive input
What's next for you?
Jill Miller: I will continue to write the stories that I feel the most passionate
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from
Jill Miller: I donít know where Iíll be in five years. Iím content to live in
the present. Weíll just see what happens.