5% Of The Screenplays You Write Will Get Made by Frank Dietz

Film Courage: I saw this quote on someone’s blog the other day that said “Are stories made or found?” It’s fine line between made or found, what does this really mean.” Is it something where you see someone walking down the street, you envision what their life is like and you say “I’m going to write this.” Or you read an article, hear something on NPR and say “I want to do a fictionalized version of this?”

Frank Dietz, Artist/ScreenwriterAll of the above. Sometimes an idea will come to me by seeing a guest on a TV show talking about something. NPR is a great source of that kind of stuff but Liane [Frank’s wife] is always saying to me I heard this great interview on NPR. You should make a script about that.

One really interesting…which nowadays I am like Oh my gosh…of the two scripts that I originally showed to William Asher…the one he didn’t care for, the supernatural magic element to it, that was sort of a modern version…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



BIO: Inspired at age 6 by a viewing of ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, Frank Dietz has found success in the film industry as a writer, producer, director, actor and animator. Frank grew up on Long Island, N.Y, and then attended the State University at Oswego, where he majored in theatre and art. He starred in a series of now-cult low-budget horror films like ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE, ROCK N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE, BLACK ROSES and THE JITTERS. Bitten by the film bug, Frank then moved to Los Angeles, where his screenwriting career began. He wrote the scripts for many independent features, including NAKED SOULS, COLD HARVEST and the MAGIC IN THE MIRROR series. In 1996, Frank returned to his artistic roots and joined Walt Disney Studios as an animation artist. His work can be seen in such films as HERCULES, MULAN, TARZAN, FANTASIA 2000, ATLANTIS – THE LOST EMPIRE, TREASURE PLANET and HOME ON THE RANGE. During this period Frank created the Sketchy Things series of classic monster sketchbooks, which became extremely popular with genre fans. In 2007 and 2008, Frank was awarded the very first Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for “Artist Of The Year.” In 2009 he joined Larry Blamire’s Bantam Street troupe, and appeared in THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, which was produced by Trish Geiger. In 2011…(Read more here).

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