Interview with First Scene Winner Megan K. Bickel (SPARKS)

I saw so many positive comments about the contests in various places, I couldn’t resist. I was thrilled with the feedback I received! It was very insightful and helped me strengthen my script as a whole.

– Megan K. Bickel, on the WILDsound Experience (Review)

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NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Charlie – Kaleb Alexander
Emma – Alicia Payne
Barista – Jacqueline Brown

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Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Megan K. Bickel:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

Megan: My screenplay is a romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist. Dr. Emma Spegal stumbles upon a stranger who reactivates the effects of an old laboratory accident, which sends lightning shooting from her hand. She drags him to her lab to find answers, but instead they find secret plots, hidden agendas, and high-voltage reasons to stick together.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

Megan: This script should be made into a movie because it’s charming, funny, and action-packed. These characters and their journey will pull audiences in immediately and hold them until the last spark.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Megan: I’ve been actively honing my writing for about five years, but I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Megan: “The Princess Bride” – I adore everything about that movie.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Megan: I would love to work with Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, or Anne Hathaway. I held them in my mind while I was writing this script.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Megan: This was actually my first screenplay! I’ve started two others in the two months since I finished “Sparks” but they have a long way yet to go.

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Megan: I’d love to have representation and a screenplay contest win or two under my belt.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Megan: I carve out writing time whenever I can, so there is nothing set about my process. I brainstorm while shuttling kids around, I write scenes at baseball games or waiting for dinner to cook, I edit in stolen moments at the library or coffee shop! I guess my only real routine is calming my mind to focus on my writing quickly.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Megan: My family and creative expression. My family is my heart and creativity is my breath. I need them both to survive.

Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Megan: Get feedback whenever you can and listen to it objectively. Nothing will help your writing more than being able to see your words from another perspective.

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