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.
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.
inspired you to write?
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
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
Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers
International Screenwriting Awards
/ Screenplay Contest?
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.
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
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.
Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with
Nicola Pedrozzi: Marc Lawrence, because he made Music
and Lyrics, and Richard Curtis, because of Love Actually.
But it’s a long list.
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and
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?
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.
Magazine: What's next for you?
Hollywood Pitch Festival in LA in July.
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five
years from now?
to be sitting in
a movie theater watching a film I wrote.