Trinidad and Tobago – Pauline Mark

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BlueCat: Why did you start writing screenplays?

Pauline Mark: To express the ideas that I had running through my head since I was a child, and to one day produce and perform in my screenplays as an actor.

BlueCat: What is your highest screenwriting goal for yourself?      

PM: To have my work turned into actual productions.

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

PM: Following rigid rules in terms of story telling structure.

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

PM: The Dark Knight, Vanilla Sky, and Phone Booth.


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

PM: I have very unique ideas and a vivid and vast imagination. The flow of my ideas are more consistent than your average writer or individual. I am constantly gaining inspiration from everyday situations and can mentally conjure up a story in a short space of time.

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

PM: There are no real opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago to learn about, or train, in screenwriting. The concept is still a novel idea here because our film and television industries are still in an incipient stage. Most local screenwriters are self-taught, or gain training outside the region.

BlueCat: What screenplay have you written which you feel most proud of and why?

PM: Natalia, because I cannot take responsibility for the uniqueness of the story, I believe I am merely a conduit for it. I was inspired to write it by some force greater than myself. I feel blessed to have been selected to tell the story.

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