Trying To Write A Perfect First Draft Is A Waste Of Time – Frank Dietz

Frank Dietz, Screenwriter/Artist: That’s something I should probably say also because it’s something that I think is really important for inspiring screenwriters which is that your first draft is nothing more than you (I usually say) vomiting up these ideas that are in your head and getting them out of your head and onto paper or onto your screen. Trying to make a perfect first draft is a waste of your time because that’s not what first drafts are for. First drafts are for…this is my opinion…there are other screenwriters who might disagree. But I think it’s just like Get it out! Get it out of there! Because you can’t look at it objectively unless you can look at it. It’s all running around up in here but unless…(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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