knew we wanted to be screenwriters........
The first time I sat down and put dialogue on paper. I was hooked.
I know I've succeeded........
when I don’t have a day job, when writing screenplays supports myself and my family.
My inspiration to write ROY'S N THE HOOD.....
came from watching lame depictions of white and black people interacting in mainstream movies. Different handshakes and dance moves is not what defines our two cultures.
inspired you to write?
Chasing that feeling you get when you can make someone laugh.
FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to
prepare yourself to write your first script?
Baldassaro Candella: I bought the ‘The Screenwriters Bible’. The best book for a newbie writer.
FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script
and how long did it take you to complete?
Baldassaro Candella: It’s my fourth script and took about six weeks to write.
FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set
routine, place and time management for writing?
Baldassaro Candella: I always write at night after
work for a few hours while watching TV.
Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are
important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Baldassaro Candella: How else does a writer from
Colorado with no connections get noticed?
Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers
International Screenwriting Awards
/ Screenplay Contest?
Baldassaro Candella: They always attract a large
amount of entries and are known as top-notch contest.
FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you
urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Pulp Fiction. It’s
great writing, and shows that you don’t always have to
follow the rules us writers try so hard to follow.
Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate
about and why?
Baldassaro Candella: It’s the only way to clear my head. It always gives me a fresh perspective.
FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite
Screenwriter and Why?
Quentin Tarantino. His
worst scene is still better than anything out there. He’s
the Michael Jordan of writing dialogue.
Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with
Apatow. Not only is he immensely talented, he always seems
down to earth and respectful of other writers.
Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and
Baldassaro Candella: Tina Fey. Who else would be
better to hang out with on set. Beautiful, talented and
FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things
learned along the way to pass on to others?
Baldassaro Candella: Write scenes you think actors
want to play. It’s an actor-driven business. They are the
one’s who get movies made.
Magazine: What's next for you?
Baldassaro Candella: I need an agent!
FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five
years from now?
Baldassaro Candella: Hopefully a member of the
Writers Guild. The only fraternity I have ever dreamt of
being part of.