knew we wanted to be screenwriters........
We've known each other since we were eight and we've always
joked around and improvised skits endlessly, often extending
a joke until literally anyone else around at the time had
gone home. Screenwriting is a natural extension of that
(except the part where everyone goes home).
We know I've succeeded........
We're both driven to do what it takes to have our scripts
produced, so it's hard to call anything short of seeing one
onscreen a true success. In the meantime, though, we make
sure to enjoy all the mini successes that come along with
the writing process.
Our inspiration to write Red, White & Badass.....
Somewhere along the way we just came to this concept of a
story about the most incompetent patriot soldiers ever and
kind of ran with it. We're both attracted to movies that
strike us as somehow unique, and this idea fit the bill.
It's been such a fun project to write that we never needed
any extra motivation to work on it.
inspired you to write?
and Jeff Wachsmuth:
We've always loved the feeling that a really good story
evokes. It's indescribable when you see an amazing movie: it
can trigger such a broad range of emotions, and though it's
cliche to say, good writing can literally make you laugh and
cry. Getting in on the process of creating that was always
irresistible to us. And Jeff just loves making people cry.
FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to
prepare yourself to write your first script?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: To be honest, we wrote
our first screenplay almost by accident. We had a funny idea
that got bigger and more fleshed out over time, and
eventually we just wrote it all out into a terrible 150 page
script. But we enjoyed the process so much that we decided
to really dedicate ourselves to getting good at it. We spent
the next year overhauling that script and our understanding
of how to write, and we haven't looked back since.
FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script
and how long did it take you to complete?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: This one was our second
script and it took about a year and a half to complete
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set
routine, place and time management for writing?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: Not really, our process
has been steadily evolving. One constant is that we like to
spend the first hour talking and joking about anything
non-script related. It seems to loosen us up.
Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are
important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: Yeah it's easy to hit a
wall contact-wise and it's great to have an outlet for
emerging writers. Most importantly, every writer is looking
to have their work read by unbiased people who are involved
in the industry.
Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers
International Screenwriting Awards
/ Screenplay Contest?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: The potential to get
our script read by producers and agents in the industry was
the main factor. in the past.
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you
urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: We both loved "Eternal
Sunshine of The Spotless Mind". It takes an utterly
fascinating concept and crafts it into a compelling story.
Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate
about and why?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: We're both passionate
about tons of other things: music, visual arts, history,
design, all of the sciences - really too many things to
list. We discuss this stuff all the time and it plays a big
part in our writing.
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite
Screenwriter and Why?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: John Cleese. What needs
to be said? He's the bees knees!
Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth:
James Cameron because we have a really hilarious idea for
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: Seth Rogen. He always
makes us laugh and seems like he'd be a cool dude to work
with. Basically what we're trying to say is that he's the
FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things
learned along the way to pass on to others?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: Keep yourself actively
engaged in learning about screenwriting, no matter how
experienced you've become with the process..
Magazine: What's next for you?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: Answering "Where will
you be five years from now?".
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five
years from now?
Ryan Lear and Jeff Wachsmuth: Still writing and
hopefully living inside the "H" in the Hollywood sign.