American Gem 2007 Short Screenplay Competition - INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM

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Matt Stasi

Ninth Place Winner

Matt Stasi
of
Hollywood, CA
Screenplay
INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM
Drama
Biography:

The Waterhole (2008) [Actor]
CSI Miami: My Nanny (2007) TV episode [Actor]
Most High (2004) [Actor]
Allegedly So (2004) [Actor]
Mistaken Identity (2004) [Actor]
The Last American Virgin (2000) [Actor]
Mistaken Identity (2004) [Actor]
The Last American Virgin (2000) [Actor]
CSI Miami: My Nanny (2007) TV episode [Actor]
Allegedly So (2004) [Actor]
CSI Miami: My Nanny (2007) TV episode [Actor]
CSI Miami: My Nanny (2007) TV episode [Actor]
Hellborn (2003) [Actor] (... aka Asylum of the Damned)
Hellborn (2003) [Actor](... aka Asylum of the Damned)
CSI Miami: My Nanny (2007) TV episode [Actor]

Interview

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

You know what, I'm not sure if I ever made a conscious decision to 'be a writer.' I just know that I've always created various scenarios in my head for as long as I can remember. I just recently began writing them down in a structured form.

 

I know I've succeeded.......  

when--trick question! I'm always learning, man. I don't know that I'll ever be satisfied.

 

My inspiration to write INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM.......

is a Tom Waits song by the same name.

 

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FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Matt Stasi:  Well, honestly, I figured I spent enough time criticizing other people's writing that I had better at least put my money where my mouth was.... Everybody's a critic, right?

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

Matt Stasi:  Character bios were very helpful. And, of course OUTLINE--then be willing to stray from that outline when your instincts tell you to do so.

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM?

Matt Stasi: This is my first script. It took me several months to write, most of which I spent simply preparing.

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

Matt Stasi:

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

Matt Stasi: I believe screenplay contests are important because if nothing else it's a real boost to have someone recognize your work. Plus, it's a real help when your trying to get people to read your material if you can say that it's doing well in a competition.

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

Matt Stasi: I found the American Gem Short Screenplay Competition through the internet. After countless hours researching the best competitions for my needs this proved to be one of the tops.

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

Matt Stasi: I would urge screenwriters to read any and all scripts they can get their hands on. Whether it's good or bad, you can always learn something--even if it's only 'what not to do...' And, while you're at it, read CHINATOWN---I hear that's a pretty good one!!!

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

Matt Stasi: Along with screenwriting I'm also passionate about my dog Floyd. Without fail, he puts a smile on my face after a long, arduous day at work--thanks Floyd!

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Matt Stasi: way too many to limit it to just one!!!

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

Matt Stasi: The director I would love to work with is Martin Scorsese. His knowledge of filmmaking is so thorough it's actually daunting. It'd be great sponging up any and all experience he'd share.

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

Matt Stasi: I would love to work with Robert Duvall--No explanation needed...the man's good.

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

Matt Stasi: Tips...? Yeah...They weren't kidding when they said to be prepared to REWRITE!

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Matt Stasi:

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

Matt Stasi:

 
 

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