BlueCat: Why did you start writing screenplays?
Boyan Metodiev: Honestly, when I first stumbled across a script (I think it was Fargo) I found it extremely bizarre to tell a story in words which should look great in pictures. By the time I finished reading the script the bizarreness had transformed into seduction and I found my self seduced to do it.
BlueCat: What is your highest screenwriting goal for yourself?
BM: To make it to the quarterfinals of a competition like BlueCat.
BlueCat: What aspects of the writing process do you struggle with the most?
BlueCat: What movies do you watch to remind yourself that you love screenwriting?
BlueCat: What do you feel you do well as a screenwriter?
BM: I think I write decent dialog.
BlueCat: Do you feel that screenwriting is different in your country than it is in Hollywood? If so, how?
BM: Yes. But a line must be drawn here between the screenwriting and storytelling before 1990 (the Communist era) and the post-1990.
In the period prior to 1990 the very form was different – they called it “extended literary screenplay” and it read and looked more like a short novel and had to be approved by a film art jury. The movie-making process was entirely state-funded so very few writers (usually these were the directors themselves) had the chance to see their text materialize on screen. So the approach was “it’s now or never” and the majority strove to write and make all-encompassing movies. The storytelling of that time suffered from excessive introversion and the result rarely connected with the audience. The few exceptions from this general trend became evergreen Bulgarian classics.
The post-Communist era brought private production companies and made it possible for greater freedom, hence a more refined screenwriting emerged. The writers now create stories that resonate much more with the audience and over the last 10 years we have had some good movies which I think the Bulgarian screenwriting community can be proud of.
BlueCat: What screenplay have you written which you feel most proud of and why?
BM: I am most proud of my first feature screenplay because I proved to myself that I can actually be persistent and make it through the process and finish the script. It felt great!