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Get to know writer Thomas L. Ferguson:
1. What is the theme of your story?
The central story is about being able to define your own path in life. My main character must learn to define her own destiny, instead of letting others define it for her.
2. Why do people need to know about your story?
I believe it is a universal story about love. Not just romantic love, but more important, the love one has for him or her self. There is also a sub plot about family and how they can make us or break us. I don’t know a single person who can’t relate to family influence when it comes to life decisions. On top of all of that internal struggle, there is plenty of external conflict. Secrets,lies, and betrayal… everything you want in an indie drama.
3. How long have you been writing stories?
I’ve been writing on and off for about ten years… been serious about five.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
The Color Purple. I watched that film dozens of times with my family growing up. I live three thousand miles away from them now, so I throw it on when I’m feeling homesick. I have to mention a very close second…Albert Brooks’ The Muse. The movie is about a writer getting his mojo back. When I feel I need a boost of writer energy… I throw that one on.
5. What artists would you love to work with?
I’m a big horror fan so working with Wes Craven would be a dream. He is the father of modern horror to me. I also enjoy Christopher Nolan. He challenges me and I like a good challenge from time to time. And lets just say it… Spielberg. Who wouldn’t want to work with him. He’s a had a couple hits.
6. How many stories have you written?
I’ve written four features on my own. Just started my fifth… a big budget horror script. I’ve co-written two… one of them being produced in 2012.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
I love my current job in sports broadcasting, but I’m tired of writing on the side. My ideal life in five years would include me writing full time. I dream of the day when I can write all day and get paid for doing what I love.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I’m not a militant writer who does only one thing and that’s how it is. I usually come up with my beginning and ending scenes, then fill in the plot points in between. I write them down, then pray for the best. Most of the time, I end where I thought I would, but it is so refreshing when I end up in a totally different place. That is why I love being a writer, especially writing on spec. You go on a journey… just like a member of an audience. When I’m writing with a partner or writing for someone, I’m a little more disciplined because someone else is depending on you.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I love movies, so I spend so much of my time at the local multiplex… when i’m not at work. Although I love the big budget films, my passion truly lies with independent films. I spend a lot of time doing research at Film Independent. I love reading old scripts and learning about filmmaking in general. Outside of movies, I love to dance. That is my main source of exercise. I’ve always dreamed of being a background dancer for someone like Usher or Janet Jackson… it can happen!
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?
I’ve always doubted my work. That’s what artists do. Just like the main character in my story, I’m my own worst critic. One day, I decided to get a professional opinion of this story. Being a former reader for a producer and a script competition, I know that wowing a reader in the first few pages is crucial. I wanted to see how this story works in the first few pages. There aren’t many competitions out there that focus on the beginnings of a screenplay. I thought this would be a great opportunity to find out from professionals if my story is on the right track. I’m so grateful it was well received.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Stay focused. Don’t let negative comments defeat you. Believe in your abilities and don’t beat yourself up. We are writers. We are truth tellers. Know your truth and stick to it!