I knew I
wanted to be a screenwriter.......
I knew I wanted to
be a screenwriter........ When I was sitting on a beach on a Greek
island and every time I closed my eyes I pictured myself sitting at my
computer in my tiny apartment writing a script.
I know I've
If I can make a
to write SON OF A..........
came from the savage exploitation of "patriotism" for selfish gain.
What inspired you to write?
Kristensen: I fell at love with reading at a very young age. Writing came
naturally after that.
FilmMakers Magazine: How did you prepare yourself to
write your first script?
My preparation for the first script I ever wrote was an unconscious
process--I'd found the pdf of the script for The Stunt Man on the dvd.
love the movie and so I printed out the script and read it a few
times. Studying that screenplay gave me the confidence to tell the
story I wanted to tell at that time.
Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write
SON OF A...?
Wrote the first draft in a few hours. I've written many scripts over the
last five years. This is probably my 15th short film script.
Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
I like to write
outdoors if possible, or in cafes. Usually I'm most prolific when I'm
reclining on the front porch. I can write any time of day, but the
most productive time is late in the day or at night when the tide is
distractions like email.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests
are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
in competition with others drives you, gives you deadlines, forces you
to re-evaluate flawed work.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
American Gem Short Script Competition?
It had respectable
credentials, some prize money, not too expensive to enter.
What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
One of the most
complex scripts is "JFK" by Oliver Stone---amazing. It blends so many
genres, tackles important issues, and is masterful in its handling of
Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
My family and friends
-- it's the stuff that shapes me and my work.
Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
Alvin Sergeant. His range of
work blows my mind, from Paper Moon to Ordinary People to Spider-man
2. He understands relationships from all walks of life.
Name the director you would love to work with and why?
Tim Burton. His style,
the combination of darkness and humor, is something that fits much of
what I write, and he does it at a higher level than any other
Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Kristensen: Tom Hanks. The power
of his presence on screen makes everything around him better.
Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Keep writing and if no
one wants to produce it, do it yourself. Put your work out there for
people to read and watch. The internet is the great equalizer. And
don't spend years on one script, move on. The more scripts you write
the more you develop your voice.
What's next for you?
raising financing for one of my low budget features and sending out my
latest feature to actors and producers. Meanwhile, I'm starting a new
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from
directing and producing for a living.