I knew I wanted to be screenwriter when .....
I was a kid. Movies are very important to our culture and
individual identity; they are our nation's literature. These
stories bring people together and simple, well-timed lines
in movies are so important to people that they carry them
around like lessons they learned from their parents. Lines
like I'm having an old friend for dinner, and Boy,
I have vision, and the whole world wears bifocals, have
a lasting vitality that is undeniable.
I know I've succeeded when ......
I am able to get a strong reaction out of a reader.
inspiration to write Reinventing Amy.....
came from a combination of reading Lean In by Sheryl
Sandberg and a challenge thrown my way.
inspired you to write?
general, I suspect it is evidence of some deficiency, but
specifically this script was written as an expression of
friendship for some women I have known who have struggled
deeply with work and life issues.
FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script
and how long did it take you to complete?
Andrew Giorgi: This is my fourth script and it took
about three months to complete followed by about two years
of revisions and rewriting.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set
routine, place and time management for writing?
Andrew Giorgi: Yes. I'm not picky, but a clean,
well-lighted place on weekday evenings after work. Weekend
mornings are also good. Basically, whatever time I can steal
away from everyday life.
Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are
important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Andrew Giorgi: Yes. The feedback is extremely helpful,
and these days it is inspiring to see some of the contest
winners actually being made into successful films. One
recent film that comes to mind is The Judge.
Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers
International Screenwriting Awards
/ Screenplay Contest?
Andrew Giorgi: The close reading that they do for each
work is very helpful. You learn a lot about a script by
going through this contest.
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you
urge aspiring writers to read and why?
of the Lambs by Ted Tally for its pacing, characterization
and suspense. It's a beautifully crafted script that has
something to teach the viewer and the emerging screenwriter
on every page.
Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate
about and why?
Andrew Giorgi: Novels, plays, teaching, and music,
especially all types of guitar. Imaginative literature is
one of the best ways to explore what the world looks like
from a host of other perspectives and in getting to know
about other people we can learn a lot about ourselves. Music
is one of the youngest of the arts and may be the most
direct expression of raw emotion we have available to us.
The guitar just happens to be the instrument that made the
biggest impression on me from when I was very young.
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite
Screenwriter and Why?
Andrew Giorgi: Mark Rosenthal. He is able to write
successfully in almost any genre and possesses a deep
knowledge of film and literature. He's an enthusiastic,
positive and creative artist who recognizes how important
the arts are and serves as an inspiration to all of us who
are trying to do this type of work.
Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with
Fincher because he seems to keep his own counsel and go with
his gut when he knows something is important to the story
even if everyone is telling him it is a bad idea. He knows
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and
Andrew Giorgi: Reese Witherspoon. She has played a
great range of characters and has displayed a willingness to
take big risks. She would make a great Amy.
FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things
learned along the way to pass on to others?
Andrew Giorgi: Don't be shy and the work itself is the
FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?
Andrew Giorgi: A script about a bounty hunter who
leverages social networking to catch the criminal who has
seduced his daughter.
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years
Andrew Giorgi: I will be happy and healthy and
writing entertaining stories that will have a positive
influence on someone.