Go Into The Story Interview: Jen Bailey and Max Lance

My interview with the 2017 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winners.

Jen Bailey and Max Lance wrote the original screenplay “The Queen of Sleaze” which won a 2017 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Jen and Max about about their background, their award-winning script, the craft of screenwriting, and what winning the Nicholl has meant to them.

Max Lance and Jen Bailey at the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards.

Here are links to the six installments of the entire interview:

Part 1: “I was trying to get a staff writing job because I heard that’s a good way to do that, and it backfired because now I have a wife and a baby.”

Part 2: “My favorite part of any script to work on is when I get to go in and create the character bios.”

Part 3: “We like to say that we have the best writers group in LA. We had six people in our group, and five of them were Nicholl winners, and the sixth person gives the best notes.”

Part 4: “…we love writing about strong powerful women who, if they were men, would be seen as admired and complemented, but as a woman, their adjectives are more disparaging.”

Part 5: “One of the most important things and steps for us is when we’re able to call up favors from a lot of my actor friends and hear the words out loud.”

Part 6: “Jen will be like, ‘So what does this character want?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know. That’s why the scene doesn’t work. You figure it out.’”

Jen and Max are repped by Heroes and Villains Entertainment, and Verve.

For my interviews with 29 other Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting writers, go here.

For my interviews with 53 Black List writers, go here.