Screenwriter Mark Amador on “Splinter”

Mark Amador, Screenwriter

NY Elite: Congratulations on being an ISC finalist. What does it mean for your work to be selected at the International Screenwriting Competition in New York?

Mark Amador: Out of all the entries to be one of the selected few, as a finalist no less, is a great and humbling honor.

NY Elite: Can you tell us about the work that you participated with at ISC? What is the story about?

Mark Amador: The script I entered “Splinter” tells the story of a brother and sister coming to terms with their upbringing filled with abuse, and the suicidal death of their eldest sibling that triggers all the memories.

NY Elite: Can you tell us yourself and your artistic talents?

Mark Amador: I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember. In 4th grade I wrote my first “script” and had it done in class with all my classmates. It’s been a lifelong passion. I’ve been represented by a talent agency in the past, but was ‘burnt out’ by the constant demand of writing for a few years. After counseling numerous writers of the joy and trials of trying to get represented, it reawakened the passion and I’m here again to continue the journey.

NY Elite: What scripts have you written so far?

Mark Amador: I have a library of 11 completed scripts, with 3 on the docket to complete.

NY Elite: Top 3 favorite projects that you have been involved in?

Mark Amador: “A Symphony of Madness” about an unstable college student that sees minorities as aliens. “Splinter”, the script I got recognized here at ISC. And “Abel’s Fables” which is about an elderly unpublished writer whose works come to life for those who read them.

NY Elite: What type of scripts do you want to write in your career?

Mark Amador: I’m always looking at what makes people do what they do, no matter the subject matter. I’m always fascinated by the decisions we make in life. And it’s those decisions where the drama lies.

NY Elite: As a writer, what is the most important aspect of building a character?

Mark Amador: To me, the most important aspect to building a character is staying true to each one’s voice. The characters come alive as you flesh them out, and their journey never lies to you as they breath. You have to be committed to their journey. By establishing an outline first is where they come to being. Their truth lies in their bio you create. Fleshing them out is the resolve that comes from those seedlings.

NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?

Mark Amador:  I’m currently working on a script that explores the cult of Qanon and how one aspect can disrupt the lives of a professional doctor. I’m also working on a Christmas comedy.

NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?

Mark Amador: I use to draw and paint, but really have ‘lost’ myself in landscaping and interior decorating. A blank wall is just a larger canvas that needs to be filled.

NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking/writing?

Mark Amador: Stay committed. Life’s journey is a wonderful tapestry to draw your inspirations from. NEVER GIVE UP.

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