Lance David Tate, LISP Screenplay Semi-Finalist
-When did you start writing? How often do you write? We want to learn all about your writing life!
I found my passion for writing screenplays about six years ago. A friend of mine bought me a copy of Screenwriting for Dummies and a journal and I wrote my first screenplay in it. After that I went on to receive a MS in Cinema Production for DePaul University in Chicago. There is were I honed my skills and developed my passion for screenwriting. To date I have won Los Angeles Cinematography Award for Best Screenplay, an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, achieved Semi-Finalist status in the Shorts On Tap - London film festival, achieved Finalist status in the Los Angeles Movie Awards and Los Angeles Cinefest. I have also been selected in the Hollywood BLVD Film Festival and the Los Angeles Television, Script and Film Festival. I was also a Finalist in the prestigious BlueCat Screenplay competition.
- How did you feel when you learned that you are a Semi-Finalist on The London Independent Story Prize?
I felt an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment. I don’t write stories for awards, but it is always nice when your hard work gets recognized.
- What’s the best thing and the hardest thing about writing a Screenplay?
I would say the best thing about writing a screenplay is when you receive positive feedback from those who have read your script. The worst part of writing a screenplay is the editing process because you will drive yourself crazy trying to take everyones critique into consideration. You definitely have to reach a point to where you say “ok it’s done”.
- How did you come up with the idea for your LISP selected script? Is there a story behind your story? And how long have you been working on it?
I was having a conversation with a friend about how we individually grew up and he began to tell his story. To say the least it sounded like a movie. So, I decided to take some creative licenses with his story and The Incredible Mrs. Wilson was born. It took me maybe three days to write it, then I didn’t touch it for three months. After that I went back to it and spent maybe a week revising it.
- Can you please give us a few tips about writing a short screenplay?
I’ll tell you what I learned in film school about writing short stories. That is to simply start your story right in the middle of the action. Because you have such a short time to tell you story, your basically have to get in and get out.
- Lastly, do you recommend the writers to give it a go on writing a Screenplay and LISP?
I absolutely think writers should give it a go at a screenplay, it’s a very different type of writing, but it would push your skills in a different capacity. As far as LISP, this is a great competition to be a part of in more ways than one. Also as a writer or screenwriter you should submit your stuff to as many film festival and competitions as possible, it’s a great tool for receiving feedback.