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
I know I've
If I can make a
to write QUALITY TIME.......
My widowed mother got remarried and moved into a retirement community.
The retirement community just opened my eyes to a whole different
universe. I became interested in exploring the theme of "living with
death as a way of rebirth."
What inspired you to write?
Kristensen: I learned to love reading at a young age. After that, storytelling just
FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to prepare yourself
to write your first script?
I found the script for The Stunt Man on the DVD. I love that
movie. So I read the script out of curiosity, and studying it gave me
confidence to write my first feature script.
Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write
I've written many scripts, both shorts and features. This script
took about three days to write a first draft.
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?
Competition is a
great motivator and barometer. I like the fact that a script
competition gives me a deadline and bit of an indication as to how the
work measures up.
FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the
American Gem Short Script Competition?
It has reputable backers, it's not too expensive to enter, and it
has cash prizes.
What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
JFK by Oliver
Stone. It's incredibly complex, mixes genres, dozens of characters and
subplots, and the most artful use of exposition. A work of
Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
documentary filmmaking. There's a purity of truth in both that you
can't get from any other source.
Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
Alvin Sergant. From
Paper Moon to Ordinary People, to Spider-man 2, this guy can write
truthfully about all walks of life and he understands friendship,
love, and rivalry better than most.
Name the director you would love to work with and why?
Tim Burton. Burton's sense of humor and dark themes speak to much of
my work. His style is unparalleled.
Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Kristensen: Denzel Washington. He's a force of nature who makes everything around
him rise to another level of greatness.
Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
The thing I've learned is that the more you write the better you get.
Don't spend years on one script. Finding your voice as a writer takes
a lot of writing and you need to move on to the next script in order
to find it.
What's next for you?
Kristensen: I'm now trying to raise financing for one of my features and get another
feature into the hands of the right producers and actors.
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from
Kristensen: Writing, producing and directing film and television for a living.