BlueCat: Why did you start writing screenplays?
Stefano Bozzo: I was working in the Italian movie industry as an AD at the same time one of my novels was being published and a producer thought it was a good idea to ask me to write a script. I read Syd Field’s book and I started to write. Soon I realized how different and difficult it is to write for the screen.
BlueCat: What is your highest screenwriting goal for yourself?
SB: Writing a very good script that eventually will become a very good movie that people all around the world will love.
BlueCat: What aspects of the writing process do you struggle with the most?
SB: Blending together the structure, the theme and the character’s motivations in a fully organic way.
BlueCat: What movies do you watch to remind yourself that you love screenwriting?
BlueCat: What do you feel you do well as a screenwriter?
SB: Comedy and subtext.
BlueCat: Do you feel that screenwriting is different in your country than it is in Hollywood? If so, how?
SB: It’s very different. The first difference is the money, in Italy a tiny fraction of Hollywood’s money is invested in producing. Second is professionalism, Hollywood has the highest standards in the world about making movies. In Italy we’re often satisfied with amateurs, that’s why producers asked me to write a script even though I had never done it before.
BlueCat: What screenplay have you written which you feel most proud of and why?
SB: It’s in Italian and the title is “Tutto Bene” (“Everything’s fine”). It’s a dramedy and I think this kind of movie suits me best. It has exceeding warmth and heart, and it won Best Drama in a prestigious Italian contest.