LISP 4th Quarter 2020 Official Selection, Short Screenplay, 'Kink' by Jack Morgan
Can you please tell us about you and your daily life? As a screenwriter who is obsessed with the world of cinema, it may come as no surprise that my favourite pastime is watching movies. Aside from this, as well as regularly working on new script ideas, I also work as a freelance writer for ranker, writing nerd based articles on the things I love most (television, movies, comic books etc.) When did you start writing? How often do you write? I’ve always loved the process of creating a story for as long as I can remember. I can even recall instances when my English teachers would be taken aback as I wandered into the weird and wonderful territory I often identify with as a writer. How does it feel to have your work recognised? In my opinion, there’s no better feeling than being acknowledged as the writer I’m constantly striving to be. I’ve always felt that if at least one person likes a world you’ve created, you’ve succeeded. So being acknowledged by yourselves is practically an academy award as far as I’m concerned. What's the best thing and the hardest thing about writing a Screenplay? The best part is when you finally get all those ideas that have been rattling around in your head onto paper, in an order that makes sense and leaves you feeling content. The hardest part is what comes after. . . trying to get it made! How did you come up with the idea for your LISP selected screenplay? Is there a story behind your story? And, how long have you been working on it? The story was conceived by my good friend/director Mark J Birch. We met on a production in 2019 and got to talking, Mark told me about his directing background and I mentioned I was a writer with a diploma in screenwriting. As well as this, we found we had a very similar taste when it came to films. I thought nothing of it at first, but after a few months had past Mark hit me up and asked if I’d be interested in joining a new project of his as the writer, a project that would eventually become ‘KINK’. The concept that Mark pitched to me is that he wanted an Alice & Wonderland-esc doorway into the KINK community (oh, and there had to be an ice cream van at some point!). Being a big fan of the “rabbit hole” story arc already, I was sold. I was allowed a lot of free reign when it came to the story itself, I drew a lot of the main characters mundane, somewhat tortured office life from my own past experiences and put in the hours when it came to researching the KINK lifestyle, although it’s from the perspective of an outsider, I still wanted to do that community justice when represented on paper. Thankfully, due to me and Mark having similar tastes, the direction I wanted to take the story was welcomed with tremendous positivity. Can you please give us a few tips about writing a short screenplay? Whether your strength is story or characters, I’d say write what you know, rather than try and come up with a recipe for a big hit. If you try and copy someone else’s style, it ceases to have that personal touch and will often contain subject matter and character choices you can’t back up. What's the best thing and the hardest thing about festivals/competitions? The best thing is receiving acknowledgement (in any form). The worst thing is probably critiquing my submitted work over and over in my head until I hear back ha. Lastly, do you recommend writers to give it a go LISP? Absolutely, like I say, receiving acknowledgement from yourselves put me on cloud 9 and I’d happily recommend that feeling to anyone else.