First Screenplay Took Years To Write, Now It Takes 4 Months – Van Ditthavong

Film Courage: Can you describe your typical writing day?

Van Ditthavong, Filmmaker/Photographer: Yes, so I said that I get a lot of good stuff down earlier. My brain just is more lucid I think maybe because I’m coming off of sleep. So 6:00-7:00 to 9:00 a.m is where I think I write my best. That’s me personally and I would just tackle that and try to write some days. I could get four pages, some days I’ll get half a page but when I’m finishing up a script I will write until 2:00 or 3:00 from that moment. So I try to get a good eight hours. Sometimes I’ll stare at the page or I’m researching or talking things out or writing out but when I’m finished working on a script I try to do that a good amount, a good steady amount each day. The rewrites, when I’m doing rewrites…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).








Writer/Director/Photographer Van Ditthavong is the founding partner and executive producer of goPOP FILMS – a creative content studio and production company. He has taught at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) and UCLA Extension – where he received the 2015 Outstanding Instructor of the Year honor for the Visual Arts Department. His latest project is his feature directing debut, ALL ROADS TO PEARLA (starring Alex MacNicoll, Addison Timlin, Nick Chinlund, and Dash Mihok) and produced by Red Entertainment and goPOP FILMS.


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