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Lance David Tate, Screenplay Finalist, LISP 2nd Quarter 2020

- How often do you write? 

I would say I write at least 2-3 times a week, sometimes more if I have

a chance to. I’m always thinking of ideas and trying to flush them out in my head before I actually start writing. Other times I start writing and edit down at the end. To date I have won the Los Angeles Cinematography Award for best Screenplay, I’ve won an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, achieved Semi-Finalist status in the Shorts On Tap – London film festival,

and the London Independent Story Prize, achieved Finalist status in the Los Angeles Movie Awards and Los Angeles Cinefest. I have 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 does it feel to have your work recognized?

Having your work recognized is an amazing feeling. It’s what all writers strive for, even though some writers would say otherwise. It’s like winning a Grammy for a singer or an Oscar for an actor.


- What is the best thing and the hardest thing about writing a Screenplay?

The best thing about writing a screenplay is bringing a story that you’ve had in your head for a while to life on paper.

Hopefully, when the screenplay is read everything jumps out across on the page. The hardest

thing about writing a screenplay is writing a screenplay. Finding the time to commit to writing a feature film or even a short film can prove challenging sometimes especially if you have to still work a regular 9 to 5 job.


-  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 idea for “Heart Adjustment” actually came to me one day when I was scrolling through Instagram. I saw a picture of a bleeding heart and because I was in film school my mind was always in a creative space. So, it just literally just flowed out of me. I’ve tweaked the ending a few times, but I’m ultimately happy with where it ends.


- Can you please give us a few tips about writing a short screenplay?

Writing a short screenplay is different from writing a feature screenplay, as you want to drop the reader directly into the action. Or, another trick is to cut out all of the fluff and get right to the action.


- What is the best thing and the hardest thing about writing competitions? 

I would say the best things about writing competitions are placing or WINNING! Writing competitions allow your work to be seen by several industry insiders who would never get a chance to read your work otherwise. Also, writing competitions are a great way to get feedback about your work. The hardest things about writing competitions are receiving negative feedback, the wait, and not placing or winning. However, all of those aspects are apart of the journey.



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