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Roadmap's Exclusive Interview!
What elements are you most looking for when assessing a concept?
A unique, attention-grabbing thematically resonant story that is also commercially salient.
What makes you keep turning the page?
Quick, breezy writing that is not weighed down by lengthy action scenes or dialogue that is hard to follow.
What is one of the biggest pitfalls a writer can fall victim to when writing a script?
Especially at the beginning, I'd look to tell stories that are fairly simple structurally and thematically. I often see the biggest problems arise when writers endeavor to tell a story that involves too many characters, too much world creation or too much bureaucracy. Think EX MACHINA, THOROUGHBREDS, THE FAREWELL, JOHN WICK as examples of great first features that involve just a few central but beautifully nuanced characters and a clear emotional arc (and yes, I know Alex Garland had written before but EX MACHINA is his first directorial debut).
All about theme! What are we supposed to feel at the end of the pilot/movie? Comps are always great. Cut the fat. And yes, make me laugh. That never hurts.
Wynn Wygal is Vice President of Production at Parkes + MacDonald, the production company behind MEN IN BLACK, FREE SOLO, FLIGHT, GLADIATOR, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS, HE NAMED ME MALALA, and more, where she oversees the company's entire film and documentary slate. Wynn started off her career at Focus Features in New York before landing a job at ICM in the Motion Picture Literary Department working for an agent who represented high level writers and directors. From there, she worked at Mad Chance Productions on the Warner Brothers lot where she worked on features such as AMERICAN SNIPER and MORTDECAI. There, Wynn wrangled projects such as IT'S WHAT I DO with Steven Spielberg and Jen Lawrence attached and QUEEN OF THE AIR with Margot Robbie to star. After several years at Mad Chance she helped Michael B Jordan start up his production company at Skydance, before moving over to Parkes + MacDonald. She is currently working on a Motown musical with Ol Parker and another feature in the GLADIATOR universe. Wynn is originally from Darien, CT and studied English Literature at Duke University.
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