when my wife started giving me her
“thumbs-up” on the scripts I wrote.
My inspiration to write MISSING LINK.......
was a Mother’s Day present to my wife from me and my ten-year old son. During
my trips to China over the years, I have seen a lot of changes. “Missing Link”
is a testimony to the rising influence of China in the world, and how one’s
identity is influenced by past heritage through genetics.
What inspired you to write?
Ricardo Mancebo: I am inspired by the need to express ideas and
feelings about observations in life, putting all the conflict and
emotions on paper, with my own view of life.
FilmMakers Magazine: How did you prepare yourself to
write your first script?
screenwriting software, learned how to use it, and then started
plugging away at the computer. The story was far from ideal, but I
felt a real sense of accomplishment after finishing the first script …
and then I leaned all about the re-writing process.
FilmMakers Magazine: Is
this your first script and how long did it take you to write MISSING LINK?
“Missing Link” is the
first short script I have written. Prior to this, I wrote two
feature-length screenplays—a drama and a romantic comedy. I
have also recently written a short thriller screenplay and a short
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
I try to write
during the weekdays late at night, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 4
a.m., when everyone’s asleep, so that I don’t disrupt my time with my
family. During this time, I let the clash of sleep, work, and
writing duke it out. Lately, writing has been winning out.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests
are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
I do feel
screenwriting contests are worthwhile, as these can be great
motivators for completing a screenplay by a specific deadline. The
feedback and exposure is also key.
influenced you to enter the
American Gem Short Script Competition?
I entered the
American Gem Short Screenplay Competition because this is a respected
contest that is perceived to be highly significant within the
industry, providing invaluable opportunities for exposure, and
for feedback if desired.
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
because of the cast of complex characters that resonates off the page,
and the multi-layered storyline they live … or die … within.
Beside screenwriting what are you
passionate about and why?
I‘m passionate about
spending more time with my family, pursuing philanthropic endeavors
one day, and finding more time to run.
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter
While I have no one
specific favorite screenwriter, I really enjoy Mr. Francis Ford
Coppola’s work. His ability to create characters with such
depth and insight provides a glimpse into the core their very beings,
where each character is watchable in his or her own right.
FilmMakers Magazine: Name
the director you would love to work with and why?
Name the director you
would love to work with and why?
One director would be Mr. Ang Lee, because brings a unique sensitivity
the screen with the stories he directs. He’d be very welcome to direct
Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
One actor is Jack
Nicholson, because he can play anything, and seems to enjoy it.
Any tips and things learned along
the way to pass on to others?