Kris Kosaka – Kamakura, Japan
BlueCat: Why did you start writing screenplays?
KK: I had written one screenplay just to experiment but resisted the strict prescriptions of the genre. Coincidentally, about a year after, I was asked to work on creating English subtitles for an arthouse film here, “Mother Water” 2010 by a popular, all-woman film production company. That experience hooked me into the world of film, and I have written a new script the last three years.
BlueCat: What is your highest screenwriting goal for yourself?
KK: To sell one of my scripts to a Japanese production company; to be a part of the creative process in seeing it through production.
BlueCat: What aspects of the writing process do you struggle with the most?
KK: I love every aspect of it. No matter the temporary frustrations or the drain on my time, juggling a full time job, part time free-lance work, and the demands of wife and mother-hood, the flow of creative work is important to me.
BlueCat: What movies do you watch to remind yourself that you love screenwriting?
KK: Hayao Miyazaki’s films. I read all types of scripts and appreciate any genre of film well written and hopeful — but for watching how image creates a story, how dialogue echoes within the unsaid — I return to Miyazaki.
BlueCat: What do you feel you do well as a screenwriter?
BlueCat: Do you feel that screenwriting is different in your country than it is in Hollywood? If so, how?
KK: There are small pockets of indie filmmakers here with money to finance who want good stories, like any where. Yet, the film industry here is also small and incestuous with stage and television. My work as an Arts writer for a national English newspaper puts me in touch with many people. I am not saying it is easier to break into than Hollywood, since I am still an outsider, but my proximity is here. I hope my perseverance tips the balance.
BlueCat: What screenplay have you written which you feel most proud of and why?
KK: The latest one, Bare, I wrote the first draft in six weeks during my summer vacation. It needs a lot of rewriting, but to be able to lay out the story clearly in a short period of time felt rewarding. It’s my third screenplay, and I noticed an improvement in the initial process of building a story by image.