11 Jul Scriptwriter of the Month: Nikola Kuzelov
After graduating Acting from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Nikola Kuzelov started working in theatre in film. He started writing scripts soon and today, with MA in Scriptwriting and several short and one feature film, he is recognized as important up-and-coming scriptwriter and actor.
To find out more about Nikola, check his MTSW profile here and don’t forget to enjoy our short conversation with him.
• What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?
There are 5 very different movies on that list, that are very similar for me. In each of them, something different fascinated me, the visuals in one movie, the story in the other, the mood, the acting and so on. The most important thing is that each and every one of those 5 makes the little circle of movies that had an impact on me professionally and in my private life.
• Why did you decide to go into film?
After the acting academy I jumped from theatre to film, but only as an actor. After a couple of collaborations with the film director Marjan Gavriloski, he recognized my talent for writing and asked for a screenplay for a short film. After that, there were a lot of short films, master studies in scriptwriting and 2 feature films. And now, after all that I can officially declare myself as an actor and a screenwriter.
• Commercial films or art house?
Both! Even though my sensibility always goes to art house, commercial films are something you can’t escape. My next film I LOVE YOU, I SWEAR will be half commercial. I believe that the key to a good screenplay is a global subject and the cultural specificity. And when you write about a worldwide attractive subject its commercial by itself.
• How and when did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I wrote my first scene when I was 7 on a typing machine. But writing was a hobby for me up until I was 23, after that it became a profession focusing only on one direction – screenwriting.
• Where do you like to write the most?
Home, of course. But it’s not that need to be at home as much as I need to be alone, without any distractions. I wrote my first screenplay on my balcony in the spring of 2016, and I wrote the screenplay for my newest film in 3 different apartments since I have been moving a lot lately. However, all I need is a corner with a desk and everything that I need on it, because I don’t stop for hours.
• What kind of music do you listen while writing?
It depends on the story. I always put the kind of music that I think will put me in the right mood for the story I need to write, but after I concentrate and start writing I leave the reality behind me and I stop paying attention to the music.
• Where do ideas come from?
Ideas are a mix of the emotional state we’re in with the information that we learn on everyday basis. I believe that everything we see, hear and do is processed through us and our emotional filter and spit out as an idea. Basically, my stories are very different, genre and theme wise, the only thing they have in common is the writing style.
• If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?
This is a very difficult question. I think that time and space are relative. I still like exploring new worlds, that’s why I love to write, so I can bring new worlds to life and be a part of them. When I finish a story and create a new world that only I know perfectly, I feel very complete. I often find myself getting lost in those worlds and looking at things from that point of view. That’s how I discover new things about myself. However, I’m very extreme and I want the worlds I create to be very different from each other, because I get bored really easily.