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American Gem Short Screenplay & Literary Festival
2011 Screenplay Contest

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FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards
Screenplay Contest Interview

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CATEGORY 3 / Comedy


Nicola Pedrozzi for LOVEBAND


Nicola Pedrozzi
of Bellinzona, Switzerland


Logline: Four long-lost friends struggle to form a band to avoid terminal dejection, but three days before a life-changing gig, the irreplaceable singer disappears with a dangerous sexy scammer.



Nicola Pedrozzi

Born in Zurich, Nicola lived as a kid the freest and wildest years of his life in a small village of the Peruvian Andes. After taking Ancient Greek and Latin at high school, he spent a summer in New Orleans learning and playing jazz piano in the French Quarter. His medical studies were followed by a painful period working in different hospitals, including a year on the “Ile de la Réunion” in the Indian Ocean. Though very enriching both scientifically and humanistically, medicine wasn’t his deeper calling. His poem book “Madagascar e altre Poesie” was published in 1999, and he had a solo drawing exhibition at the Zurich LAST Gallery in 2007. He spent time in Buenos Aires learning Argentinean Tango and went to acting workshops in NY, LA and Europe (Jack Garfein, Robert Castle, Michael Margotta).

His first script "Why don't you add colors?" was ignored by Hugh Grant. He writes in cafés, on trains and planes, but plans to write more on the big terrace of his new apartment, especially equipped with infrared heating for wintertime.


Part 1.


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

after seeing “Music and Lyrics”. Then I naively thought I could write the “Hugh Grant” kind of humor. I wrote a rom-com, sent it to his agent, and received no answer, of course. But I decided not to give up.

I know I've succeeded when...... 

Well, I consider the privilege of writing these lines already a small success. I’ll know I’ve succeeded when I’ve read “LOVEBAND” on the silver screen.

My inspiration to write LOVEBAND.....

came mostly from my life as a single over forty. I also do have a couple of musician friends, and the idea to form a band to impress girls regrettably came to my mind. It didn’t come to their minds though, even after I told them.

Part 2.


FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Nicola Pedrozzi
: My life, books, other movies.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi: It’s not my first script. It took less than a year to complete, a little more taking all revisions into account.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi: I write in very different settings and places. A lot in bars and cafés, on trains. I also write at home, but after a while I need to move to a public space.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi: I think so. It’s a good way to get your script read, as opposed to sending it directly to the industry.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi:
Its professionalism and its connection with the industry.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi: Juno. It’s a good example of how a brilliant script of an (almost) unknown writer can make it to the screen.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi: Languages in general, fiction, poetry. I’m passionate about human behavior and all its aspects, including the comic ones. For example, isn’t rage intrinsically funny?

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Nicola Pedrozzi: I don’t have a favorite screenwriter, but I loved reading Juno by Diablo Cody because of its freshness of dialogue, and Black Hawk Down by Ken Nolan, because it felt like being in Mogadishu. My favorite writer is Joseph Conrad.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi: Marc Lawrence, because he made Music and Lyrics, and Richard Curtis, because of Love Actually. But it’s a long list.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi:
Matt Dillon emanates a weird but powerful comic energy just by being there… again, a long list. I’d also love to work with a younger star like Ryan Gosling to reach a broader public.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi:
If it never makes you laugh/smile/cry when you read it, it’s probably not a great script. Open your own script at random and read a page: If you enjoy it and just feel like going on reading, that’s quite a good sign.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Nicola Pedrozzi:
The Hollywood Pitch Festival in LA in July.

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

Nicola Pedrozzi:
I'd like to be sitting in a movie theater watching a film I wrote.



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