HEY! WE ALL HAD TO START SOMEWHERE: an interview with Linda Andersson, author of Triple Crossed and The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul
This is the next post in a series of interviews with writers who have had their first films, web series, television assignment, etc. make it to the big or small or computer screen. It is an effort to find out what their journey was to their initial success.
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Next up: an interview with Linda Andersson, author of author of Triple Crossed and The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul
After placing highly in the ScriptapaloozaTV writing contest several years ago with her original sitcom pilot, “Misery Loves This Company”, and then soon after having it optioned, Linda Andersson started thinking she might like this screenwriting thing. One thing led to another including a self-produced, TV pilot/webseries, “The Seer/InSight”. She gained some traction with that, and in the film festival circuit with her short films, “When The Time’s Right” and “The 6 Month Rule”. More recently, Linda’s focus is on feature films including “Triple Crossed” (2013) and “The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul” (2015), and writing TV pilots.
What is the name of your first screenplay that was produced, or your first project that was produced, or your first writing assignment?
I produced a lot of shorts and webseries before I sold my first produced, feature screenplay, “Triple Crossed”.
Can you tell us a bit about the journey as to how it came about?
I sold the screenplay through a referral from another filmmaker. It was originally written for a female lead, and I had to rewrite it for a male lead.
- Tell me a little bit about the experience of having the project come to completion.
- What was the hardest obstacle to overcome in achieving that first project?
Getting the right people to read the right script, at the right time.
- What have you learned about the industry when it comes to being a writer?
As a writer, I have learned that I have to be a multi-hyphenate to get anything done. You really can’t sit back and wait to be chosen. Just do it. Build a team.
- What are you working on now?
The film stars Thea Gill (Queer As Folk), Leah Cevoli (Deadwood/Robot Chicken), and Harry Ford (Code Black), with Danny Pardo (Planes: Fire & Rescue), Deborah Stewart (Rizzoli & Isles), and Michelle Ehlen (S&M Sally). I wrote/directed/produced/voiced a character or two, and basically wore more hats than Queen Elizabeth.
My friend, MJ Lallo co-directed the voice-over sessions with me, at her studio in Burbank, and she also voices Auto d’Fuse.
With this said, I did a very, very bad thing… 60 speaking roles and about as many locations. Something you usually don’t want to do in an indie film, but voice-overs were a little easier to justify. There were 23 actors in all. We release the film on October 1st, 2015 on VOD, just in time for Halloween. You can watch the trailer at: www.TheGridZom.com
- What is your favorite movie or TV series?
My favorite movie is “Back To The Future”. My current TV favorite is “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.
- Where do you think the movie and television industry is heading? What do you think its future is?
I think the movie and television industry is heading into a mostly VOD platform. People want to binge watch their favorites, and not be left with an empty feeling afterwards, so there has to more content. I’m thinking the future will require a lot more content but probably at a lower price tag, while still keep high standards of quality. This gives screenwriters a huge opportunity to sell their material, and team up with indie producer, or become one themselves.
- What parting advice do you have for writers?
As a writer, it shouldn’t be a strain. If it is, then move on to another project, or go fishing. You’ll know when it’s the right one, because the characters will speak to you, and it will be loud and clear.
- What do you do when you’re not writing? What do you do to get away from the industry?
While I’m not writing I’m promoting myself as a screenwriter, or promoting my current produced projects. Aside from work, I like to cook and visit new places in and around SoCal.
It’s hard to get away from the industry when you live in the middle of it, so the best thing to do is take a ride over to the coast or go for a hike, but let’s not get any crazy ideas that I’m athletic.
- Tell us something about yourself that many people may not know.
Before I became a writer I was in the music industry where I played in bands for a while, and later managed and promoted local talent in the Orlando area. And because of this, I always like to use unsigned musicians’ music in my films. You’ll see evidence of this in our upcoming film. The soundtrack rocks.
And take a look at the other interviews in this series:
Nicole Jones-Dion http://ow.ly/RB049
Hernando Bansuelo and Josh Watson http://ow.ly/RiJrv
Jim Vines http://ow.ly/R0gv9
Nick Felice, http://ow.ly/QIF9O
Bryce Richardson, http://ow.ly/OWxBS
Tracee Beebe, http://ow.ly/ODrGq
Mary Krell-Oishi, http://ow.ly/Olp7W
Stuart Creque, http://ow.ly/O1Ubu
P.J. McIlvaine, http://ow.ly/NIE74
Ken Lemm http://ow.ly/NoT9c
Jane Rosemont http://ow.ly/N6epJ
Todd Niemi http://ow.ly/MOfFq
Louis Pappas, http://ow.ly/LxRji
Allan Brocka, http://ow.ly/LfQNy
Gregory Blair http://ow.ly/KZj9s
Josh Kim http://ow.ly/K7obx
Jim Thalman http://ow.ly/JQ8YT
David Au http://ow.ly/JwM0A
Dwayne Alexander Smith http://ow.ly/J8GJI
Haifaa Al-Mansour http://ow.ly/ITabq
Chad Crawford Kinkle http://ow.ly/HXLq0
Mikey Levy http://ow.ly/HA9Xm
Hilliard Guess http://ow.ly/HcOmr
Amir Ohebsion http://ow.ly/H8aPq
Donald McKinney http://ow.ly/GvPfn
Michelle Ehlen http://ow.ly/GvPr1