MovieBytes Interview: Blazing Quill Writing Competition

Posted on Apr 26th, 2009 | Category: Interviews

An interview with screenwriter Teresa Lewis regarding the Blazing Quill Writing Competition.

Q: What’s the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what’s it about?

A: “Rebirth” — is based on a provocative true story set in an ironic age of enlightenment, the renaissance, a time when art is life and knowledge is power. Sounds great, but many want truth to remain hidden– because knowledge equals power and a means to control the masses.

Rebirth reveals the struggle between those who abuse of power versus the power and honor of a few brave hearts– fascinating characters who give up their wealth, their estates and their rank and privilege in a cause greater than self. It is a powerful story that values honor and a love story that transcends time.

The Logline: A womanizing artist uncovers more than the nudes he captures on canvas, when he discovers the courage to face his fears and finds love that changes his life.

From the reviews of readers and coverage by professionals: these words resonate: “entertaining, exciting, refreshing, enlightening, inspiring, intelligent, it’s message transcends films that are predictable and gimmicky” etc.

Q: What made you enter the Blazing Quill? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Honestly, I really liked the name. I have always loved the symbolism behind a quill pen. It reminds me that so many great poets and writers used them, not to mention documents like the U.S. Constitution — written and signed with a Blazing Quill.

Regarding wins, yes, also a recent First Place Win at Epiphany, and Brass Brad Mentorship, Sasha Lauren of Epiphany wrote: “What could be better than centering a plot on the fight of good vs evil? This script has it all– from love and romance, to the martyrs and heroes staking their lives on the quest for peace and justice, to the heartbreaking tragedy, death and despair. This historical piece is a big story about a big topic and a movie that should be made. I LOVED IT!”

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Actually, yes. I have two major players– both reading Rebirth. A Danish Production Company wants it included in their production slate and is luring me with “A List” talent and an award winning Director, but as of today, all of my options are open.

Q: What’s your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: My background is one of a scholar, someone who truly has a passion for learning for its own sake. My degree is in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology with additional training in Education, Digital Editing and Marketing. I especially love history and the lessons to be learned from it. I am always writing, and love to research. It is as genuine and as natural to me as breathing. I even write and direct in my sleep.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Not at this time, although I lived there as a child. I would love to return and reminisce. My sister lives in Camarillo and is always asking me to visit.

Q: What’s next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I’m always working on a script, usually several at a time. At present– one I am especially proud of, a blend of science and seduction, called “Beyond Reason”, that recently made the finals in the British Short Screenplay Contest, as well as two off the wall comedies. I also have a winning reality show concept that I’m looking for someone to pitch… I just have to remind myself to breathe deeper sometimes and to stop and look at the stars– as numerous as my many blessings.

I can honestly say I have the most supportive husband and family in the world and have also met some awesome people through the writing and contest process. I try to keep in mind one of the lines from Rebirth that: “Love and honor are not bound by fortune nor fame, but found in humility– Not bound by our words nor our beliefs, but found in our humanity.”