Horror Screenwriting Tips And How I Created Horror Franchise – Jeffrey Reddick [FULL INTERVIEW]

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Film Courage:  Jeffrey, going back to before you were a Hollywood screenwriter, what made you think you could tell stories on a Hollywood level?  What gave you the confidence or that feeling (intuition) that “You know what?  This is something I think I can do.”

Jeffrey Reddick, horror screenwriter:  I think it’s the ignorance of the young! [Laughs] I talked to a friend of mine once (probably a couple of years ago when I was home [in Kentucky] and when I was 8 or 9 she asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up and I said I wanted to be a movie star.  So I kind of always knew I wanted to work in film.  Growing up I thought I wanted to be an actor.  And I went to New York to study acting actually at the beginning of my career and that didn’t pan out really because non-traditional casting wasn’t a thing back in the early 90’s.  And they canceled The Cosby Show show so without non-traditional casting, that was your only place.

English was my second favorite subject and I’d been writing from the time I was young.  I would always write stories and my English teachers were kind of my biggest inspirations as far as school goes.  So I was like “Well, I’ll just write stuff to be in.”  That’s kind of why I segued into writing…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Bio (via IMDB):

Jeffrey Reddick is best known for creating the Final Destination (2000) film franchise. He also co-wrote the story for, and executive produced, Final Destination 2 (2003). Jeffrey lives in Los Angeles. He grew up in Eastern Kentucky and attended Berea College. Jeffrey made his first connection to the film industry at age 14, when he wrote a prequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and mailed it Bob Shaye, the President of New Line Cinema. Bob returned the material for being unsolicited. But the young man wrote Bob an aggressive reply, which won him over. Bob read the treatment and got back to Jeffrey. Bob, and his assistant, Joy Mann, stayed in contact with Jeffrey for over five years. When he went to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York at age 19, Bob offered him an internship at New Line Cinema. This internship turned into an 11-year stint at the studio.

Aside from Final Destination (2000), which spawned four successful sequels, Jeffrey’s other credits include Lions Gate’s thriller, Tamara (2005) and the remake of George Romero’s classic, Day of the Dead (2008).

Jeffrey has several feature and TV projects in development and he directed his first short, Good Samaritan (2014) in 2014.

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