American Gem 2007 Short Screenplay Competition - WAKING DREAMS
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David Sawyer

Runner Up

David Sawyer
of Stillwater, OK

David Sawyer was born in Tulsa, OK in 1979 but grew up all over. He settled in Pawnee, OK in 1988. In 1997 he dropped out of High School and got his GED. He joined the Marine Corps the next year. He was medically discharged some time later, returned home and enrolled in Northern Oklahoma College in 2001. Then in 2003 he re-enlisted. Again medically discharged later that year and came back home, he went back to school and graduated in 2004 with an AAS in 3-D Animation and Post Production. He moved to Stillwater the next year and enrolled at Oklahoma State to pursue his Bachelors. He has been writing and studying movies since the age of 15. He finished hisy first script in 2002 and he has been scatter brained ever since. There are about five scripts that he has in progress. He has given up on school for the moment and concentrated solely on writing. He has three sisters and a brother. They, along with his parents all live in Stillwater.


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

After I read Star Wars and began writing ideas of my own and found out what a release it was.

I know I've succeeded.......  

When I ask people to read a few pages and I can see the emotion on their faces.

My inspiration to write WAKING DREAMS.......

Came from a dream that I had and from some friends' experiences.




FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

David Sawyer: A need to escape.

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

David Sawyer: Tons of research.

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

David Sawyer: This is my third and it took me about six months off and on to finish.

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

David Sawyer: Sort of. I keep something to write with close to me all day. But I usually write for a few hours every morning.

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

David Sawyer: This was my first contest and it has helped me gauge how I stack up to other writers and has given me tons of motivation. So I'd say yes, absolutely.

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

David Sawyer: I heard it was one of the better contests out there and honestly because I had about eight shorts and nothing finished at the time.

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

David Sawyer: Find and read the screenplays of your favorite movies. Then compare the film to how it was written and vice versa.

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

David Sawyer: Anything creative that makes people think above and beyond what they would normally.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

David Sawyer Randall Wallace, BraveHeart.

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

David Sawyer: How about three. Michael Mann for Last of the Mohicans and Collateral. Ridley Scott for Gladiator and BlackHawk Down and Mel Gibson for BraveHeart.

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

David Sawyer: Gary Oldman, he can and has done just about any role you could imagine.

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

David Sawyer: Write, write, write, never stop and never let ANYONE tell you you're stupid or that its a waste of your time.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

David Sawyer: Work hopefully.

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

David Sawyer: Learning to direct.


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