Why did you start writing screenplays?
I needed to distract myself from falling into the perils of immortality. Putting my pen to the paper proved to be a fanciful distraction from my longest days in the coffin.
What movies do you watch to remind yourself that you love screenwriting?
Daybreakers, The Lost Boys, and Fright Night. If I do say so myself, I’m quite the inspiration.
What is your highest screenwriting goal?
I’d like to write a screenplay that stars myself. However, I don’t show up particularly well on film.
What aspects of the writing process do you struggle with the most?
I only use a quill pen, because pencils are little miniature stakes. Therefore, it takes me forever (relatively) to write a screenplay. It’s a real pain in the neck.
What do you feel you do well as a screenwriter?
I can mesmerize my audience and have them hanging on my every word.
What do you see is the biggest problem with storytelling in Hollywood?
Too many screenplays follow traditional conventions and formats. I’ve been living for over five hundred years, and I can tell you that the best advice is to just do. Unless there’s garlic in the near vicinity, in which case, do not.
What screenplay have you written which you feel most proud of and why?
Well, I assisted Francis Ford Coppola in writing my autobiographical film. That’s one of my bigger accomplishments in this century.