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Writers: If you've finished first, second, or third in any screenwriting competition listed on MovieBytes, we'd like to interview you! First, make sure the contest results for the year you won are posted on MovieBytes, including your name, so we can verify your submission. Then submit our online interview form for that contest. We'll notify you via email when your interview has been posted.

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Michael Gibrall

An interview with screenwriter Michael Gibrall regarding the Eerie Horror Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: "Positive Variance"


An FBI agent investigates a NASA hacker, only to find himself thrown into a new reality. Part futuristic, part ancient, the world has been changed into an almost utopian reality. Yet, unexplainable events, conspiracy, and innocence threaten to dismantle all of existence.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I wanted to submit to festivals that were genre specific. Eerie Horror Fest accepts sci-fi (which is what my script primarily was), as well as their main genre of horror (which you could argue there was a hint of horror in the script). I have entered other competitions and have been a finalist or semifinalist, at least at this point. More competitions are pending.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: The competition was done just fine. Emails of semifinaists and finalists were done in a timely fashion. I received an award for Best Feature Screenplay and accepted it on stage. Two of the screenplay judges met me after the awards ceremony to discuss the script.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: I had worked on this script on and off for years. It was the first feature screenplay I ever wrote, and did so to teach myself how to write a script, as well as tell a story. I didn't write an outline, as I had the idea in my head for years. I revised the script twice after the original draft.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Movie Magic Screenwriter.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: Not daily. I go through phases of writing for a while, take a break, and then write some more when I allow myself to regroup.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: I don't know if I'd say that, but I do step away for a bit, maybe sleep on it, then get back to writing.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I've just finished another feature screenplay that I've just begun submitting to competitions and festivals, as well as a teleplay for a children's TV pilot that I have already produced and directed myself. I was also approached by a comedy group in Las Vegas to write a spec script for their award-winning series of shorts. The script is slated to go into production in the Fall of 2011.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I live in VA. Not against moving.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: Just finished a new script and have begun submitting into festivals/competitions.

Posted Monday, June 20, 2011

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