Diane M. Johnson
Diane M. Johnson
Author & Screenwriter
DG: What is your name and company URL?
DJ: My name is Diane M. Johnson, no company name, and my website is www.autumnblood.com -or- www.dianemjohnson.com
DG: What is your specialty…filmmaking or screenwriting?
DJ: I’m a screenwriter.
DG: What are you currently working on?
DJ: I’m currently working on polishing a couple of TV scripts for the WB Writers Workshop, reworking a feature spec and finishing a spec of a Cartoon Network show. I guess you could say I’m trying to broaden my palette to include more than features.
DG: Have you been a finalist or winner in any festivals or competitions?
DJ: Always a bridesmaid. Is that cliche? Yes! But my short PWNED was a Shriekfest finalist. The Body and Blood was a Table Read My Screenplay Comp finalist, and Blindsided was a D.C. Shorts finalist. All in 2011, the year I realized I could write a short. In 2012, I tackled TV and walked away a finalist from Scriptapalooza and The Austin Film Fest with my Supernatural series spec subtitled Intervention. Previous to that I have had several feature titles get recognized over the years. The ones that fall into the horror/thriller/supernatural categories include Autumn Blood, The Schoharie, Perfect Prophet and A Good Soul.
DG: Wow, that’s great! Why do you think the horror/scifi genres have such a large following?
DJ: There are too many reasons to count. I read somewhere on the Internet that horror movies arouse us, make our hearts beat faster and therefore burn more calories. So, there’s that. I’m all for burning calories.
DG: LOL. I’ve read that people who watch horror are healthier…interesting huh? What do you love most about this business?
DJ: I love the fact that horror has expanded in scope. You can have a light zombie comedy like Warm Bodies alongside a serious, thought provoking zombie drama series like The Walking Dead. The horror genre -the horror business- isn’t just about the cheap thrill anymore. It can be about deeper themes, more complex characters. And the genre is taken far more seriously than it was taken in its infancy.
DG: It really is great that horror is becoming more main steam with shows like The Walking Dead. What do you dislike most about this business?
DJ: I am easily defined as a recluse. I am not the best at self promotion, so thank you for this opportunity!
DG: Anytime girl. Self promotion is hard for many people. Any advice you’d like to give to newbies?
DJ: Learn how to network. Learn how to self promote. It makes a huge difference. I think I’d be much farther along in my writing career if I worked more at it.
DG: Self promotion really is a big deal, you have to force yourself to do it, you really do. Anything else you’d like to say?
DJ: I wish I could say I had something in production. Instead, I’d like to promote a friend’s project in production if I can. It’s a short drama called The Dead Kid. I encourage everyone to look for it. Just google it. I’ve read the script, I’ve seen a rough cut. It addresses bullying. Just look for it… You’re welcome, Greg Goyins.
DG: LOL. Diane, it was great catching up! Thank you!