Go Into The Story Interview: Kristen Gray-Rockmaker
My interview with the 2017 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winner.
Kristen Gray-Rockmaker wrote the original screenplay “Last Days of Winter” which won a 2017 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Kristen about about her background, her award-winning script, the craft of screenwriting, and what winning the Nicholl has meant to her.
Here are links to the six installments of the entire interview:
Part 1: “I won a short‑story contest when I was in fourth grade, and I got published in the newspaper. I think I won $10 and I knew right then, I was like, ‘Oh, this is for me.’”
Part 2: “I was interested in creating a female antihero. I set it in this world of the crime story because this is the world that I’ve come to know through my job.”
Part 3: “I wanted to pose the question, who is the bad guy here?”
Part 4: “I always knew what I wanted to do with the very end… but how to get there was something that I wrote and rewrote and rewrote.”
Part 5: “I knew that it could be controversial, given where it takes place and the fact that I am a white woman writing this story. I wasn’t sure if anybody would really want to make it, honestly.”
Part 6: “I love going into this other world. You kind of become the character as you’re thinking about it.”
Kristen is repped by The Gotham Group.
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