American Gem 2007 Short Screenplay Competition - REGRETS
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Brian W. Wright

Runner Up

Brian W. Wright
Encinitas CA

Brian W. Wright lives in Encinitas California with his wife Rebecca. Regrets is my fourth screenplay, but my first short. When I'm not working in the financial field or writing, I enjoy rock and ice climbing, surfing, and skiing.


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

when I wrote a novel and thought it would make a cool movie.


I know I've succeeded.......  

when I hear I've won the American Gem Short Screenplay Competition.


My inspiration to write REGRETS.......

I squandered a great opportunity and wondered how my life would have been different if I had taken it.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Brian W. Wright: An acquintance told me a tragic event that happened to him. He didn't want to take the time to write it, so I did for fun. I was hooked.

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

Brian W. Wright: I attended some seminars and read a lot of scripts.

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

Brian W. Wright: This is my fourth script (my first short one). With a couple of rewrites, it took me about a week.

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

Brian W. Wright: I have an office set aside for writing. I also like to run and process an idea before putting it on paper.

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

Brian W. Wright: They are a great way to get noticed and to see how you do against your peers.

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

Brian W. Wright: I first heard about you on Moviebytes. I did some research and heard yours is one of the best out there.

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

Brian W. Wright: I studied 'Witness' when I wrote my first script, but I try to read every script I can get my hands on.

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

Brian W. Wright: Fly fishing. Standing in the middle of a stream, high in the mountains. It doesn't get any better.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Brian W. Wright Frank Darabont. I liked what he did with Shawshank Redemption.

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

Brian W. Wright: Speilberg.

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

Brian W. Wright: Matt Dillon.

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

Brian W. Wright: Be willing to rewrite. And read scripts.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Brian W. Wright: I am finishing another script.

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

Brian W. Wright: Hopefully, in the middle of a bidding war for my latest script.


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