American Gem 2007 Short Screenplay Competition - COMBAT MEDIC BLUES
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R. Scott Smith

Runner Up

R. Scott Smith
of Lake Tapps, WA
Drama Military

R. Scott Smith is thirty-nine years old and is a product designer . He has studied acting and screenwriting and has written four screenplays. He loves most sports and is very active. He has traveled extensively, especially in America.


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

when I read a script written by my friend Jack Estes two years ago.


I know I've succeeded.......  

when my wife and children tell me they are proud of me.


My inspiration to write COMBAT MEDIC BLUES.......

was my own experiences and the belief that sharing may help others.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

R. Scott Smith: I have always communicated best in writing. Screenwriting is my next step.

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

R. Scott Smith: I enrolled in a screenwriting class taught by Diane Mettler at Pierce College.

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to write COMBAT MEDIC BLUES?

R. Scott Smith: This is my first script and it took me about two months to write in the course of my class.

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

R. Scott Smith: Not yet. I write when something like my class or writer’s group inspires me. More discipline is in my future.

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

R. Scott Smith: Yes. Exposure is obviously important, but more important is gaining an understanding of what really resonates with the professional community.

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

R. Scott Smith: Reading previous winners’ scripts and bios made it seem the most comprehensive and logical for me.

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

R. Scott Smith: Read any of the “Bourne” series. I loved the books and was amazed by thoroughness and pace of the adaptations.

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

R. Scott Smith: I believe strongly in community participation and service as an antidote to cynicism, fear and bias.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

R. Scott SmithTony Gilroy. The pace and tightness of his scripts are amazing.

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

R. Scott Smith: Clint Eastwood. He captures the humanity and flaws of heroes.

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

R. Scott Smith: Tom Wilkinson. He brings the feelings of real people to life; pain and anguish at its core.

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

R. Scott Smith: I wouldn’t presume with respect to screenwriting. In life – strive to make a difference.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

R. Scott Smith:  I am continuing writing classes. My current project is an adaptation of the book “RED EARTH” by my friend Philip Red Eagle.

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

R. Scott Smith: Enjoying whatever is coming my way that day.


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