London Screenwriters' Festival

London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Danny Stack

Posted on: July 26th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

Danny StackDanny Stack is a writer and script consultant with credits including Doctors and Eastenders among others.  He recently wrote and directed ‘Origin‘, a short film that promises to knock socks off everywhere it plays.

You can read Danny’s bio page for more about him or visit his blog. You can also follow Danny on Twitter, but for now here’s his LSWF Q&A:

Q: What was your favourite film as a kid?

A: Superman.

Q: Who inspired you when you were starting out?

A: Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes and Edgar Wright when they were making Spaced. Also, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, via their website

Q: What was your big break?

A: Getting an agent. No, wait, winning a BBC writing award. No, hold on, my first TV commission. Yes, that’s it. No! Oh, I don’t know! The main thing is to make sure the breaks keep on coming.

Q: What was the best day in your career?

A: My first day as a director on my short film, Origin.

Q: What has been your most important lesson?

A: Nothing is ever guaranteed, even if they say it is.

Q: If a niece or nephew wanted to be in the business, what would you advise them?

A: Work harder than everyone else. Don’t complain.

Q: What is the hardest part of your job and how do you overcome it?

A: Rejection is difficult, but the insecurity that it festers is the hardest thing to deal with. You just have to keep writing. There’s no other substitute.

Q: What do you feel is a writer’s or filmmaker’s key responsibility?

A: To try to engage with an audience.

Q: What mistakes do you see emerging writers or filmmakers making over and over?

A: Railing against the industry for not recognising their talent, or trashing other stuff that’s getting made. Get over it. Get on with it.

Q: What advice would you offer an emerging writer or filmmaker?

A: There is no fast-track and there are no short cuts. It’s going to take some time.

NEXT TIME ON “BEYOND THE BIO”: writer, director  and photographer Charles Harris.

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