Derty Talk! with New York Screenwriter Justin Samuels

Sunday September 29, 2012

Interview with New York Screenwriter – Justin Samuels

I give a lot of credit to individuals that can write, even if it’s just a one page short story.

What’s a day like for Justin Samuels? Walk me through your adventures when you wake up in the morning?

JS: It depends on the day.  I generally answer e-mails, shower, and have breakfast.  If it’s a day I’m home I may write or work on a related project.  If it’s a day I’m working outside the home, then I’ll just keep getting ready for work.   I typically swim a lot and do a lot of thinking while swimming.  I walk around NYC a lot too.

I didn’t see any relationship status on either your Facebook or any other sites. Married? Single? Kids? 

JS: Single, but there’s someone (a friend of mine) out there who might just hit the jackpot if they play their cards right.  LOL

I try to be different from everyone that has already interviewed you about your past. But what I do want to know at least for my audience, why be a screenwriter? And what are you expecting to accomplish from all that you have done in the last 5 years?

JS: I’ve been told I tell some over the top tales and that I attract bizarre situations.   So when people suggested I write, I decided to go ahead and do it.  When I covered occupy Wall Street that gave me writing a big boost and substantially increased my media contacts.  Then I decided it was time to film one of my screenplays myself.

One thing that really jumped at me was the novel that you wrote “Machu Picchu”. I based my Special project “Gas Mask Series 2012” on the Mayan Revelation that the world is going to end. What made you write about this particular area of the world? Have you ever been to Machu Picchu?

JS: I’ve never been to Machu Picchu.  I have been to South America.  I was an exchange student in Paraguay.  We visited Brazil while I was there.  My minor at Cornell University was in Latin American studies (I have a BA in History from there), so I sort of have an academic background in that area.

I know reading a book is a form of exercise for your brain. How do you even start to write a novel or a play? It’s hard enough to even come up with questions for you. 

JS: Well, once I have the initial idea, I write a one page outline.  Once I have the initial outline, working on the first draft is much easier.

I’m sure there a lot of exceptional screenwriters out there and have done some great work. Who has been your inspiration to start writing and why?

JS: No other writer inspired me to write.  I became a write as I previously said, when people said I have a penchant for collecting the bizarre.  With that said, I’m a fan of Tyler Perry, Quentin Tarantino, and Joss Whedon.

You have tapped into the world of Horror. How can you even try to sleep at night knowing that you are thinking of horrific things to write about? Do you watch a lot of Horror films just to be inspired?

JS:  I read horror books, mythological stories, and I’ve had enough nightmares that had nothing to do with what I’ve watched or read to inspire me on the horror front.

What makes you stand out from all the other screenwriters and why?

JS:  I’m not competitive in that regards, so I don’t know how I stand out from all the other screenwriters.

As a screenwriter, what do you enjoy the most, writing or reading?

JS:  I enjoy them both the same.  I can’t imagine being a writer if you don’t enjoy reading.

Favorite all time NOVEL?

JS:  Dona Flor and her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado.  A great book that’s ultimately about why we need balance and completeness, as opposed to extremes.

What projects are you working on now? 

JS: The Agent is currently in development and stars Holly T (www.hollytmusic.com) as con artist Alice Jones and Lovari (www.lovariworld.com) as Officer Ted.  I’m in talks with some producers out in Los Angeles as we speak.  Once those matters are dealt with, we’ll complete the casting.  I’ll film in Los Angeles.

Since I do love taking pictures, when will you come out to California so we can do a Photo Shoot? 

JS: I may come out during the holidays or right after the New Year.   Next year will also film the Agent in Los Angeles.

If you were to address a bunch of kindergarten kids, what advice would you give them?

JS: Just do well in school, stay out of trouble, and follow your interests.  That will get you somewhere.

You want th latest from Justin Samuels, make sure to vist his websites below.

http://justinsamuels-ny.blogspot.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/NyFilmmaker32/videos

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Exclusive Derty Talk! Interview with Josh Mitchell

Sunday – September 02, 2012

Today marks the first day of Derty Talk! and to help me launch this site, I asked my dear friend Josh Mitchell from Wickid Pissa Publicity, and it so happened that today is also his birthday and my very first interview.

I had asked myself repeatedly, what type of questions do you ask someone that has done more than his share of interviews? Just ask him again and maybe he will give you a different answer. Read on…

Interview with Hollywood’s Notorious Publicist – Josh Mitchell – Wickid Pissa Publicity

How did you come up with Wickid Pissa Publicity?

I needed a name that would encapsulate me and my Boston devotion and “Wickid Pissa” is old-school New England slang that roughly translates into “really awesome”.

What made you move to Hollywood and what made you become a publicist?

My personality is suited to the idea of being the ultimate cheerleader for talented artistic ventures.  It is my passion to champion the indie artist to the masses.  I came to Hollywood to maximize the opportunities and excel in the nucleus and hub of the entertainment solar system.

Why is it important to hire a publicist and what are the benefits?

A publicist adds instant credibility and people take you more serious and a good one can lean on trusted connections to generate the ultimate buzz, branding, and coverage.

Why do you think that some people in Hollywood are so fake?

People are fake everywhere.  In Hollywood it is sad but you kinda need to be a little selfish to get ahead and most people are looking for that person that can help them get to the next level.  That sort of tunnel vision can come off as ingenuous but I’ve met a lot of ambitious performers who know how to thread the line and build legit and substantial friendships.

We’ve talked about this before and you have always been straight forward when it comes to business. How do you keep yourself away from that?

I think my East Coast sentiments drive me to call it like it is.  Sometimes having a sharp tongue can cut your own throat but I’ve found the raw truth is best for setting expectations.

What drives you to get up every morning and do what you do?

I came to Hollywood with all guns blazing and it is my love for creating compelling and original work that makes me cannonball out of bed every morning.  I love what I do.

Who are your mentors and why?

I never had a mentor in the publicity world.  I created my own show from my experience as an indie filmmaker at the Sundance Film Festival and my company has blossomed organically.

Who is the biggest star you ever worked with?

Besides Derty Rock Star?  I’ve coordinated a host of celebrity gifting suites at top-notch events across the country and have been fortunate to rub elbows with a diversity of elite A-listers.

Who is your most successful client?

I’m lucky enough to work with a plethora of talented people from all different genres – actors, authors, filmmakers, musicians, and brands.  They are all excelling at what they do which is generating stellar content that is true to them.

Name one person in Hollywood that you would die to work with and why?

George Clooney.  I like his classy style and I want to beat him in basketball.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m shooting a big short film called “The Sacred Incense of The Drinking Man” this month.  I cast a few of my clients and I hope to take this to an assortment of top-notch festivals.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m working hard every day to grow my company, generate elite work, and improve myself as an actor, writer, friend, and lover.