I knew I wanted to be screenwriter when.....
more and more stories kept accumulating in my head.
I know I've succeeded when......
I can translate a story into a compelling well-written
inspiration to write Sailbad the Sinner.....
was based on real people Iíve met during my time writing
about sailors and being on the water.
inspired you to write?
Iíve always loved words and stories. Being very visual, I
see things in cinematic ways. Deciding to write movie
scripts was a natural and necessary progression.
FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script
and how long did it take you to complete?
Jeffrey Thomas: Itís my seventh script. Took me
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set
routine, place and time management for writing?
Jeffrey Thomas: I have an office, write every day.
The times vary depending on what else is going on in my
Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are
important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Jeffrey Thomas: I think they are important,
especially since I donít live in LA. Itís a great way to get
feedback. One of my scripts came in second at PAGE and
several producers are considering it.
Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers
International Screenwriting Awards
/ Screenplay Contest?
prestigious contest. Placing well in it is a big feather.
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you
urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Jeffrey Thomas: Gosh. So many choices. Iíll go with
Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate
about and why?
Jeffrey Thomas: Iím passionate about photography, a
perfect medium for my visual side. Iím passionate about
basketball. I coached high school for 15 years and wrote a
book on coaching. Iím passionate about boating, have taken
my boat from Maine to the Keys.
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite
Screenwriter and Why?
Jeffrey Thomas: I love the Coen Brothers stories,
their eye for details, their ability to establish a
believable world, and all the crazy and quirky characters in
Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with
Jeffrey Thomas: Alexander Payne. Heís terrific with
story and character development. Nebraska and About Schmidt
stand out to me.
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and
Murray. I like everything Iíve read or heard about him.
Quite the creative, off-the-wall character.
FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things
learned along the way to pass on to others?
The more I
learn about the industry, the more Iím amazed any movie ever
gets made. Itís a miracle when a great movie gets made.
Magazine: What's next for you?
already into my next two scripts. One is a comedy about a
control freak accountant who has to fight bears and the Nazi
homeownerís association for control of his house. The other
is a true life-and-death survival story I covered for
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five
years from now?
writing more scripts. If someone wants to buy one someday,
that would be great. If not, thatís fine. I enjoy the
process and get to hang with lots of talented, creative