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 2008 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards - Interview - Richard Flynn

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Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards

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Richard Flynn
CATEGORY 3 - (Comedy)
Runner Up
Richard Flynn
of
Chester, CT
Screenplay
THE SHORES OF ILLYRIA
Comedy
Biography:

Rick Flynn was a member of SAG as well as ACTORíS EQUITY and has acted OFF-BROADWAY as well as regionally. He is an alumnus of the prestigious THEATRE WEST in N. Hollywood and has written two plays, both of which have been produced regionally. He recently spent a year living in Ireland with his wife Jane and their three children. While there, one of his plays was championed by Billy Roche, one of Irelandís premier playwrights, and recommended for production at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Since writing THE SHORES OF ILLYRIA this past year he has written four other screenplays. THINGS YOU FIND ON THE MOON, FADING IN OUR HANDS, DARLINí PRETTY and THE SPARTAN TAKES NEW YORK.

Interview

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

after seeing my one of my plays performed on stage. I never thought about writing for the screen before that. Now Iíve gotten myself into such a groove, I donít know if Iíd even be interested in writing for the stage again.

 

I know I've succeeded........ 

when Iím sitting at my computer laughing out loud or tears are streaming down my face and my dog is looking at me like Iím insane.

 

My inspiration to write THE SHORES OF ILLYRIA.......

started with a trip to Plymouth Rock with my daughter Neveís fifth grade class. While there, a chance encounter with a Buddhist monk brought the two of us together in a way we never anticipated. It was very moving and still resonates in both our lives. Sometimes an idea begins as an odd event that churns in the subconscious and comes out in unexpected ways. My daughter still wears the bracelet given to her by the monk. My gift was The Shores Of Illyria.

 

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FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Richard Flynn: A lifetime of reading and a love of character.

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

Richard Flynn: What did you do to prepare yourself to write your first script? I spent a lot of time developing character. Having been an actor is a great advantage in that regard. Writing fully realized characters makes writing seem less like work. I often find my characters dictate where the story is going. Sometimes I almost feel more like an editor than a writer.

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

Richard Flynn: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete? This was my first screenplay. Iíve also written several plays. It took about four months to write The Shores Of Illyria. Rewriting doesnít stop. Iíve written four screenplays since finishing The Shores Of Illyria a year ago.

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

Richard Flynn:
Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing? I like to write in the afternoon - for about four or five hours. I usually have some kind of ambient music in the background. I start by rewriting my work from the previous day. By the time Iíve finished my rewrites, Iím writing. I always stop while thereís still some gas in my tank.

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

Richard Flynn: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring screenwriters and why? Aside from the obvious benefit of helping promote ones work, being noticed is really a validation for all my hard work. Itís so easy to get too close to your own work and lose perspective or confidence.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards?

Richard Flynn: I did some research online and was very selective in where I put my work. (And money.)

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

Richard Flynn: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why? Casablanca. Philip Epstein and his brother Julius were legendary characters who created legendary characters. A footnote. Their love/hate relationship with Jack Warner is a script waiting to happen.

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

Richard Flynn: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why? My wife Jane and my three beautiful kids. I try not to take any of it granted.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Richard Flynn: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why? Billy Wilder could write comedy and drama equally well. Jack Lemmon said he never heard of an actor changing one of Wilderís lines.

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

Richard Flynn: Name the director you would love to work with and why? The Coen Brothers. Thereís a kind of quirky integrity to their work that I admire and try to emulate in my writing.

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

Richard Flynn: Name the actor you would love to work with and why? Itís hard to name just one. Robert Duvall has always been one of my favorite actors. He has unlimited range and fierce emotional honesty. I never saw him make a wrong move.

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

Richard Flynn: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others? Having faith and confidence in your writing is a constant battle you have to win. I donít care who you are.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Richard Flynn: What's next for you? Having a screenplay optioned would be nice. In the meantime, I write.

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

Richard Flynn: I only know where Iíd like to be five years from now. Every day now is spent with that in mind.

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