I entered the WILDsound Festival because it was recommended on moviebytes.com. It was highly rated, and I liked that I would receive feedback regardless of the outcome of my script. Good feedback is hard to find, and so I decided to do it. The feedback received was very valid and constructive.
– Writer Niel Thompson
Watch “FAUST” Winning TV PILOT by Niel Thompson:
NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Faust – Krista Morin
Abby – Christina Aceto
Malchior – Allen Brunet
Amarete – Pip Dwyer
Donovan – Dan Fox
Ward – Ryan Anning
Matthew Toffolo interviews winning TV PILOT writer Niel Thompson:
1. What is your screenplay about?
Detective Amelia Faust is a wizard, the last wizard. It is her job to protect humanity from what is left of the supernatural. Abby is a young girl who can’t go home. She becomes Faust’s assistant. The two fight and defeat an ancient vampire, mummy queen and Faust decides to take Abby on as an apprentice.
2. Why does would this script make a terrific TV show?
There aren’t many female led action shows, and “Faust” would help fill the growing demand for that kind of content. How Faust uses magic is also a fresh, unique spin on an old story concept. While belief and heart are necessary components for a wizard’s magic, Faust also has to rely on her knowledge of science and natural intelligence to properly use magic and solve crimes.
3. How long have you been writing stories?
Years and years. I didn’t start thinking I wanted to be a writer as a profession until I was eighteen, but I was making stories long before.
4. What TV shows did you watch when you were a kid?
I watched a lot of different shows. I had four older brothers, and so I watched what they watched. I grew up on 80’s Transformers as well as British Comedy and Scifi like Black Adder and Doctor Who and anime among other things.
5. What artists would you love to work with?
If he were still alive, I would’ve loved to work with Terry Pratchett. Neil Gaiman and Stephen King would be others I’d like to work with not just because I like their writing but because they’ve worked in multiple media with both books, scripts, and comics.
6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
I’ve lost track of the number of stories I’ve written. Writing screenplays is something that’s still a little new to me. As of now, I’ve written about four and am working on a fifth.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Getting paid to write.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I try to come up with the main character or characters and the conflict they have to overcome and start from there. I don’t rely heavily on an outline, but if I get stuck and don’t know where to go, I’ll write a basic one up just to give me a goal so that I don’t lose momentum.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I love stories, all stories in all mediums. I also like traveling and living in other countries. I’m also very passionate about theater. I did a lot of plays when I was a kid and in high school and college. Because of where I currently live, I haven’t been able to do any plays, but it’s something I’d like to do again in the future.
10. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Don’t be afraid to write crap. You have to write crap before you can write something good. If you can’t bring yourself to write crap, you’re never going to be able to write anything meaningful.
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