Alan R. Baxter

SHRIEKFEST INTERVIEW

Alan R. Baxter
2006, 2007, 2014 Screenplay Finalist & 2015 Screenplay Semi Finalist

DG: What is your name and company URL?

AB: Alan R. Baxter, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1433225/

DG: What is your specialty…filmmaking or screenwriting?

AB: Screenwriting. More specifically, writing for television.

DG: What are you currently working on?

AB: A thriller/mystery series set in a small rural town in Florida. Think True Detective meets The Killing.

DG: Oooh, sounds cool. Who do you consider your mentor and why?

AB: Irvin Paik. He was an assistant editor on the show, “ER.” At the time, I was a post PA and eager to learn the ins-and-outs of editing. He went above and beyond to teach me, including meeting up outside of work. I will never forget his kindness and generosity

DG: That is great! Why do you think the horror/sci-fi genres have such a large following?

AB: Sometimes the real-life horrors are too much to handle. These genres allow people a safe way to tap into these fears and be entertained.

DG: So very true! What do you love most about this business?

AB: I love the shared enthusiasm and passion for film and TV

DG: That is so very true! What do you dislike most about this business?

AB: People who talk the talk, yet don’t have anything to back it.

DG: I hear ya! What career accomplishment are you most proud of?

AB: My reps took out my pilot and I had a bunch of meetings at companies. For my first meeting, I remember sitting in the lobby and just admiring all the posters: Terminator 2, Aliens, The Walking Dead. I thought to myself, “This is pretty freakin’ cool.”

DG: Yes, it is!!! Any advice you’d like to give newbies?

AB: Join a writers group. It really forces you to push yourself and hone your craft. Plus, everyone is really supportive.

DG: Great advice! Anything else you’d like to say?

AB: Don’t forget to live life. Spend time with your family, travel and meet new people.

DG: I agree!, so important! Enjoy that adorable little baby! Thank you Alan! It was great chatting!

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