Buenos Aires, Argentina – Carolina Machado

Carolina Machado

BlueCat: Why did you start writing screenplays?

CM: I love the idea that a story that I imagined can be materialized on a screen and be felt and seen by other people.  Dreaming about the day I can actually watch my script turned into a movie blows my mind.

BlueCat: What movies do you watch to remind yourself that you love screenwriting?

CM: There are so many memorable movies: “The Godfather”, “The Notebook”, “Back to the Future”, “Lolita”, “Sixth Sense”, “21 Grams”, “Man on Fire”, “The Matrix”, and “Terminator.” These absolutely different movies have one great thing in common: they don´t expire. Each one of them, in its own genre, tells a story of which you never get tired. I love mostly two types of movies: ones that shows you a situation or reality you have never seen before and ones that can truly touch you heart.

BlueCat: What is your highest screenwriting goal for yourself?

CM: My highest goal as a screenwriter is that my scripts can achieve what I love about movies: to thrill the audience. And by audience, I don´t refer only to the people who actually watch the movie; I mean readers, directors and producers too, because in the end, they are the ones who can turn your script into a movie.  I´m just starting to write, so in a short term period, I would love to see one of my scripts turned into movie, even if it´s a short one.

BlueCat: What aspects of the writing process do you struggle with the most?

CM: I guess it would be finding the time and inspiration to write. I currently work in an office doing everything but writing and it takes away most of my time and energy, so It´s difficult for me to find the right moment to write. Anyway, I always try to keep on writing  even if it´s not as fast as I would like to.

BlueCat: What do you feel you do well as a screenwriter?

CM: I  think I have good and original ideas. I´m concise and concrete: my scenes describe clear images and actions, making my scripts easy to read and catchy. I feel I have the ability to tell simple stories in an intimate way. I also always try to find slight dramatic twists to keep the drama and fluency of the story.

BlueCat: Do you feel that screenwriting is different in your country than it is in Hollywood? If so, how?

CM: I totally feel screenwriting is completely different in Argentina that it is in Hollywood.  To begin with, most of our scripts tend to be written in a hyper realistic way, leaving no room for genre movies. Fortunately, this tendency is slowly changing.  Within the past years, we have been starting to see different movies that try to move away from that style.  In my country, it’s also very common that the screenwriter and the director are the same person. That’s the reason why I find there’s little diversity in the films’ thematic, and it also narrows down the participative field of other screenwriters that may have new ideas and different perspectives.  On the other hand, it is a fact that Argentine movie scripts are tied to budget availability. As our industry isn’t solvent enough, most of the stories end up being more intimate and cheaper (less actors and scenery) than the Hollywood ones.  For certain genres this might not be encouraging, but it is an attractive way to inspire screenwriters to be ingenious enough and write original stories that don´t require super productions.

BlueCat:What screenplay have you written which you feel most proud of and why?
     
CM: As I said, I’m just starting to write, so I hope the script that will me make proud is the only that I´m currently working on. It’s called “Small Reality” and it’s about a  lonely sensitive six  year-old girl who’s desperately struggling to be understood and heard by her adult environment. I feel proud about it because it’s really a challenge to write a feature film with a child as a main character.  It’s even more challenging when it’s about a special kid that’s not exactly like the other ones. It’s an intimate moving script, and I really hope I will hook who ever reads it.

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